OUR VIEW: Thanks to our generous readers

Another successful Pennies for Presents campaign in 2011

Thank-you readers for coming through once again for our Pennies for Presents campaign.

We have raised $6,262 so far – more pennies often continue to come in after the deadline – and that money has been converted to presents to help fill out the Knights of Columbus Christmas Hampers.

When the Mirror’s parent company, Black Press, launched Pennies for Presents in its Island papers, the Mirror decided from the start that we didn’t want to duplicate the effort already being made in the community by the Knights of Columbus. The solution was simple, however, we decided to contribute the pennies towards buying presents for the Knights’ hampers. We are often asked to target presents for certain age group because donations to the hampers are often less in those ages.

We’re proud to support the hamper fund each year and we’re proud of our readers who never cease to find jars of coins in their houses, drawers and closets and drop them off to the Mirror office. Many business also support us by collecting coins or helping us out with the purchase of the presents. The Mirror staff thank you all for your support and would like you to know that your contributions go directly toward making Christmas special for needy families in Campbell River.

Cheers also to the Knights of Columbus for the good work they do each year bringing Christmas joy to families in need in the Campbell River area. The hours of volunteer work collecting, boxing and delivering the Christmas hampers is greatly appreciated and worthy of community support each Christmas season.