The Regina Food Bank and Salvation Army will split more than $12,000 raised through Regina Transit’s Jingle Bus campaign.
From Dec. 14-16, riders were asked to donate their spare change instead of paying a fare. They raised $5,600, while sponsors topped it off with another $7,000.
“We understand this time of year, there are people who are not doing so well,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It’s just a reflection (that) we’re a very caring community.”
The two charities will use the money to distribute 2,500 hampers so clients can enjoy Christmas meals.
Val Wiks, community ministries coordinator with the Salvation Army, said the need for the hampers is growing, with more of the working poor seeking help as well.
“It’s not just those on social assistance. We have people that are on minimum wage, people that before used to be on the other side where they were donors. Now (they’re) on the receiving end,” Wiks said.