Children needing a helping hand in Lacombe will be able to get some aid from FCSS thanks to a donation from the Lacombe & District Ministerial Association.
On July 22nd, Pastor Bob Tattrie, treasurer for the Association, presented Lorea Willington, outreach coordinator for Lacombe FCSS, with a number of cheques totaling $3,717.
The funds were collected at an offering during the Lacombe Days Church Service put on by the Lacombe & District Ministerial Association, which about 1,100 people attended.
Each year, the Association chooses a different charity to support through its collection at the outdoor church service held during Lacombe Days, said Tattrie.
He added that this tradition is older than his 10-year involvement in the community.
Tattrie went on to say that there was no particular reason that the Caring for Children program was chosen. The organizing committee simply felt it was their turn.
“(Local charities) are all worthwhile ministries in our community, so we just try to do a different one each year,” said Tattrie.
Willington said the donation is a huge boon to the program. She added that the fund does not receive monies through government funding and is 100% paid for by donations from the community.
“It’s a big deal,” said Willington. “Our Caring for Children Fund, it’s used a lot.”
The Caring for Children Fund was set up in 1997 to provide assistance to children with medical, dental and education needs.
Willington said the fund works to support those children who need assistance, but do not qualify for government aid or other social assistance programs.
Things like school fees, glasses, even family utility bills are things that the Caring for Children Fund can help with.
These costs may not seem like much, but Willington said that for some families, meeting all of them can be quite a stretch.
Willington added that the annual budget for the Caring for Children fund is between $20,000 and $25,000.
She also said that, so far this year, 42 children have benefitted from the program, with many more expected once school starts up again at the end of August.