You can’t say it isn’t beginning to look a lot like Christmas after this week’s snow dump.

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You can’t say it isn’t beginning to look a lot like Christmas after this week’s snow dump.

Funny how 30 centimetres of snow can suddenly make you realize Christmas is little more than two weeks away.

There are fewer days to help our Miracle on Mountain campaign help people at this time of year.

Kai Madsen, the Christmas Cheer Board’s chief elf, is watching his bustling operation put a mountain of food into more than 18,000 hampers, but he can only do that if generous Winnipeggers write cheques, open up their wallets and purses or use their credit card online.

Our Miracle on Mountain Christmas tree on the main floor at the Free Press building, at 1355 Mountain Ave., has lots of room under its branches for you to donate a new, unopened toy for a child under the age of 15.

Companies, aided by their customers, also are stepping forward to help.

Our longtime friend, Jensen Nursery, has been getting busy in the spirit.

Starting with our former Pennies from Heaven campaign, Jensen is continuing to donate $2 per Christmas tree sold and $1 per poinsettia. Throughout the years, our campaigns have received thousands of dollars thanks to Jensen and its customers.

They also have a Miracle on Mountain donation bin at their greenhouse at 2550 McGillivray Blvd., if you would like to drop off cash or cheques toward our campaign.

"We are very fortunate to have many friends, family and comforts in life and would like others to feel joy and security at Christmastime," says Susan Jensen Stubbe.

"And as a local family-owned business, we want to give back to the community."

Much the same Christmas spirit is at work at local Canadian Tire stores.

The city’s six Canadian Tire stores have donated $3,000 apiece to the cheer board through our Miracle campaign and — talking about miracles — the Canadian Tire Corp. matched their donations for a total gift of $36,000.

Jay Crowley, owner of the store at 157 Vermillion Rd., said each of the stores and their individual owners is pleased to help a worthy cause.

"We do it together," Crowley said

"We need to help people have a little bit of a Christmas, and we’re happy to help... but it’s because we get supported all year by our customers that we are in a position to where we can do things."

Now it’s your turn. If you’ve been thinking about sending in a cheque or going to the cheer board’s website to make an online donation under our cause, please do it now before you forget.

After all, the snow is here and before you know it Christmas will be, too.

Kevin Rollason

Kevin Rollason

Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.

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