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Edmontonians know how to show their Christmas spirit and demonstrate support for local charities.
 
As of Saturday morning Adopt-A-Teen had not only reached its $300,000 goal, it exceeded it.
 
“We’re pleased to say Edmonton really came through and we’ve raised over the $300,000 for 6,000 teens in the city,” said Stephanie Perilli, manager of engagement and partnerships with the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton.
 
Adopt-A-Teen, part of the Christmas Bureau’s annual holiday efforts, provides a $50 Walmart gift card to youth aged 13-17 in the city.
 
The Christmas Bureau is a one-stop shop for families to choose from three holiday charities: 630 CHED’s Santas Anonymous, Adopt-A-Teen and festive food hampers. 

The food hamper program provides nourishment to 17,000 families each year in the city.

But organizers are still trying to reach their goal. Around $1.2 million has been raised so far, but that’s still $100,000 short.

“If our supporters really rally together I know we can reach our goal for the food hampers by Christmas,” Perilli said. “If 4,000 people donated $25, we’d hit our remaining goal.”

Perilli suggested the easiest way to donate is through the website at www.christmasbureau.ca

By Nathan Martin

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