Love is Enough to Share campaign begins in Burlington

December 22, 2013 by  

The annual Love is Enough to Share campaign, designed to raise funds for several organizations in Alamance County during the holiday season, is now underway.

The campaign is run by the Times-News, based in Burlington, and is using the printing services of the newspaper to let people know of the campaign with appropriate stories and to provide the means for making donations with coupons.

The six charities supported by this campaign are:

– Operation Santa Claus, which provides gifts for patients at Central Carolina State Hospital who have mental illnesses
– Christmas Cheer, which provides food, gifts, and assistance for children and the elderly in the community
– The Shoes with Love program by the Salvation Army, which provides vouchers so children can buy footwear at Walmart
– The Residential Treatment Services of Alamance’s Santa’s Helper program, which gives gifts to those with substance abuse and mental health issues
– The Foster Children’s Christmas Fund, which gives presents to foster care children in the county
– The Arc of Alamance County’s Christmas Fund, which gives presents to those with developmental disabilities.

The annual holiday fundraising drive was begun in 1991 by Gary Tanner, the city editor of the Times-News. Others working at the newspaper at the time quickly endorsed the idea. According to Madison Taylor, the current news editor who worked at the paper in 1991, it was unusual for a newspaper to be so active in raising money for charitable organizations back then. She left the paper but returned in 2007 and was gratified to see how successful the campaign was.

The goal for this year is to raise $50,000.