Usually, at this time of year, efforts are going towards raising money for a range of worthwhile Christmas causes, but the Delta Firefighters Charitable Society is turning that around and giving away their money.
The society is preparing for its annual Christmas Days of Giving and is inviting charities to apply for donations and funding at: deltafirefighters.com.
Over the last few months, the society as raised thousands through its golf tournament, boot drive, via their barbecue at the Barnside Harvest Festival and 50/50 tickets.
“We had a really busy two months over September, October with our fundraising campaign,” said society president Daryl McMillan. “So far, this should be one of our biggest giving’s ever.”
Last year, the society had five days of giving where they gave out $80,000.
This year they may have 10 days of giving.
“This will be, so far, our biggest giving campaign, to date,” he said.
Last year, the Christmas Days of Giving was focused on food security, but this year, so far, there is no particular theme, so local charities are asked to go to the society’s website and make their case.
Recipients should be a registered charitable organization as designated by the CRA.
“It’s nice for them to come to us with a bit of a story line of what their needs are, what they’re looking for,” he said. “We’re just going to up the giving … we’re just going to see what kind of feedback we get from charities … come up with a number and start doling it out.”