The turnout from this year’s Breakfast Day fundraiser held by United Way Lloydminster has broken all of the organizations previous fundraising records.
The non-profit announced Wednesday morning the event collected more than $8,000, and made over 1,300 sandwiches for the local community.
Alex Wilson, President of United Way Lloydminster, mentioned October is the organization’s campaign month, and Breakfast Day brings in the most significant contribution.
“All of the funds we raise over the next couple of weeks really help us to continue our operation throughout the year. We do continue to fundraise throughout the year, but this is by far and large our biggest source of income,” said Wilson.
The non-profit provides funding to other local non-profits and support organizations in the community.
Treasurer Amanda Williams mentioned local organizations have been reaching out for assistance more frequently.
“A lot of our organizations — because of COVID— are dealing with limitations and exclusions from other funding that they might not be getting. The demand in our community has been much higher this year, and so we’re hoping to be able to help out with that.”
Non-profits and other support organizations in the community can still apply to receive funding on the United Way website.
Vice-president Larry Boswell said while the demand for financial assistance has increased, the organization can still provide that relief once they have prioritized the requests.
“We turned down so much money of requests. We must have had close to a million dollars in requests. We know there’s going to be no problem, it’s just trying to calculate and figure where it is best used and needed.”
United Way has been approved to receive an additional $46,000 from the federal government to assist with their community funding.
In an effort to raise even more money, United Way will start up their 50/50 raffle that could see the winner take home up to $10,000.
United Way would like to thank all of the sponsors who have contributed to the event this year and the volunteers who assisted with the food prep and delivery.