Your Voice: Charity stretched thin
by Lori Souza, Tracy
Dec 14, 2012 | 1489 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Raising money for charity is never an easy task, but this year Brighter Christmas has strained itself through the holiday season.

Brighter Christmas is a nonprofit group that provides food and toys to Tracy residents in need during the Christmas holidays. While it should not be all about gifts, food and toys are still an amazing contribution to families struggling to survive during these tough economic times.

This year, the group is aiming to serve 1,000 Tracy residents. This is no small feat for a grassroots organization.

The fact is that donations are creeping in slowly, while the downpour of families in need escalates in Tracy.

Donations have barely trickled in through the Angel Tree located in the West Valley Mall.

“On Monday and Tuesday (of last week), we received one gift from Angel Tree donations,” said Steve Abercrombie, program director.

This was a little disheartening but not a total setback. Abercrombie anticipates that donations will pick up as Christmas tiptoes closer on the calendar.

He has faith in our community and insists that all families will be served because the Tracy community is so generous.

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