November 26, 2014

VALLEJO TIMES HERALD COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD FUND

Established: Nov 03, 2003

2014 COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS CARD

Donations can be made at any time throughout the year to the Vallejo Times Herald Community Christmas Card Fund.  Donors can send in a check or contribute online by clicking on the "Donate" button on the top right-hand side of this page.  Since 1985, the Vallejo Times-Herald has raised close to $750,000 from their annual holiday appeal known as "The Community Christmas Card." The contributions are made to this fund to help Vallejo residents in dire need of food, clothing and shelter. The fund drive begins in mid-November and runs thru mid-January each holiday season. Donations are made by individuals and businesses, through the mail, in person, and online thru PayPal.
 
In 2003, Ted Vollmer, then editor of the Vallejo Times-Herald, established the Community Christmas Card Fund with the Foundation to help support their holiday fund drive. The Solano Community Foundation administers the fund and processes all of the gifts received. In late January grant checks are awarded as recommended, and the monies raised benefit four named nonprofits. They are: Christian Help Center, a homeless shelter; the Sparrow Project, which provides thousands of meals each year to the homeless; the Vallejo Salvation Army, to help provide food, clothing, and shelter to those in need; and the Florence Douglas Senior Center, to help support their meal program for older adults.
 
During the fund drive, the names of each donor are published in the newspaper almost every day, with a running total of monies raised. Donations are listed in the order they are received, using the donor's name and amount of their gift. Many donors give multiple gifts during the drive in memory of their loved ones. The Times-Herald also publishes stories about the selected grantees to help donors become better acquainted with these wonderful charitable organizations and the vital services they provide to those in need.

On Christmas Day, the Vallejo Times Herald publishes a special Community Christmas Card listing the names of all the donors on one beautiful page.

2013 CHRISTMAS GRANTS AWARDED

  • $18,388.72 - to the Sparrow Project for providing meals to the homeless.
  • $18,388.72 - to Christian Help Center toward operation of the homeless shelter.
  • $  4,597.18 - to Vallejo Salvation Army to help hungry children and families.
  • $  4,597.18 - to Florence Douglas Senior Center to support their senior meal program.
  • $     440.00 - to the Filipino Community of Solano County, Inc. to support Typhoon Yolanda victims.

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