After the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign declared that they raised $200,000 less than they had planned during the campaigns, Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries allowed them to collect donations in their stores.
We recall that a month ago, Manitoba Liquor Marts forbade all charitable organizations collecting donations in their stores due to numerous customer complaints. Complaints came in general and were not addressed to any particular organization. The Salvation Army also noted that last year, the Liquor Marts organization helped to collect $35,000 donations during the holiday period.
While Christmas kettle was seen only in one store, the representative of the charity said that he expected a change for the better in the last week before Christmas.
Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries is now developing common principles for working with all charitable organizations in order to provide them with the same conditions for collecting donations.
“Currently, there is no program that allows other groups the same access the Salvation Army has had to our customers for fundraising purposes,” said Susan Harrison, communications officer for Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries, in an email.
Donations will be collected through coin box program, which will be installed in many stores.