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Last week Maureen found out her 15-year-old daughter is pregnant, which added to the stress she’s feeling as the holiday season approaches.

Last week Maureen found out her 15-year-old daughter is pregnant, which added to the stress she’s feeling as the holiday season approaches.

Maureen and her husband, who both work, have two daughters — aged 15 and 18 — their daughter’s boyfriend and a roommate under their roof. And this is the first year they haven’t had a Christmas tree.

“It’s really tough,” said Maureen. “It’s just the economy. The price of everything has gone up.”

Maureen was one of many who came out to the Christmas Bureau’s Walk-In Days yesterday.

The event, which is a partnership between the bureau, Santa’s Anonymous and Adopt-A-Teen, provides last minute help for the holidays.

“Unfortunately there’s always a need,” said Kevin Lowe, honorary co-chair of the bureau, adding that when he first got involved in 1982 there was $700,000 raised by about half a million people living in the city at the time. According to Dianne Brown, campaign director, there has been 15 per cent growth in need over the last two years, and there are 73,000 mouths to feed this Christmas.

Because of the event, which will be on today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Maureen and her family will have a nice meal and gifts for the kids on Saturday.

 
 
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