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Charitable organizations across B.C. are running low on funds this holiday season, as there have been fewer donations than is normal for this time of year.

According to a CTV news report, charities like the B.C. branch of Salvation Army and Victoria’s own Our Place Society have had a slow season-of-giving and are scrambling to find last minute donors.

Both organizations offer resources like food, shelter and safe houses for people in need. Victoria’s Our Place Society also hands out presents to people living at their shelter on Christmas day, but they are running $130,000 short this year.

Usually the most fruitful time of year

The executive director of Our Place Society told CTV that about half of the charity’s funds come from the generosity of donors in December, which helps finance their work for the rest of the year.

He believes that there could be several factors causing the shortage, one of which may be that there are more organizations looking for help now than there ever has been before.

Ways to help

If you would like to get involved with Our Place Society’s Christmas fundraising efforts, there are several ways you can help: