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United Way: for Saturday, December 24

The United Way of Sarnia-Lambton is in the final days of the 2022 campaign, and has reached $1.25 Million or 74% of its Needs Target.

“We still have more employee campaigns to report so we expect that the campaign will remain open for the first few days of 2023 while we count those contributions,” said Vicky Ducharme, the United Way Campaign Chair.  “Keeping the campaign open the first few days of the New Year is not unusual.  We want to make sure we get all the donations that were mailed in to be registered so the donors get that 2022 tax credit,” she said.

“We do anticipate over the holidays that many more contributions will be mailed in and made online through the United Way website, like most years,” she said.

Ducharme said last year, 20 percent of the entire year’s online donations were made during the week between Christmas and midnight New Year’s eve.  “That’s one of the good things about technology,” Ducharme said, “We are always open and able to accept donations online.”  Ducharme also pointed out that donations can be made by dropping off your contribution at Kumon, just two doors down from the United Way office should the United Way be closed at its 1362 Lambton Mall Road location.  “The Kumon mail slip is well marked,” she said.

The United Way office will be closed from about 1:00 PM on December 23, 2022, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.  “The first thing we will do is stop by Kumon to pick up what was dropped off and review our online contributions,” Ducharme said.

Donations can be made to the United Way of Sarnia-Lambton online at

“So many people donate the last few days of the year because they are in the giving spirit and think about those in our community who are not as fortunate as themselves and want to make a contribution to our community.  Many donors also take advantage of year end giving to reduce taxes,” she said.

Ducharme reminded residents that Top Shelf Canada is continuing with their promotion of donating a dollar of every bottle of Front Street Heat, Fire, or Inferno to the United Way.  Ducharme said they make great Christmas presents and can be purchased at all grocery stores in Sarnia and Lambton County and a number of other locally owned businesses including restaurants, bars, and specialty shops.  Bottles of the hot sauce can also be purchased from the United Way website as mentioned above.

Photo Caption:

United Way Volunteer Treasurer Kathy Sitter is served breakfast by Nikki Tremblay at the Sarnia Family YMCA breakfast fundraiser with YMCA General Manager Paul Skuza and his son Hugo look on.  The Sarnia Y receives funding for the Summer Autism Camp, and the three Youth Resource Houses in Sarnia.  To donate to the United Way, please visit the United Way of Sarnia Lambton website at and click “Donate”.