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The Food Depot Alimentaire in Moncton hands out holiday food boxes each year.

Christmas charities in New Brunswick are beginning to kick-off annual fundraisers, hoping to raise enough money to cover what some call an ever-growing need.

Several Moncton-area charities say last year it came down to the wire, with some worried they wouldn’t make their goal.

Each year, the Food Depot Alimentaire hands out Christmas boxes filled with holiday food, including turkeys.

The depot distributes food to 20 food banks in southeastern New Brunswick and this year they want to pull together 1,750 Christmas boxes.

"We get a little bit panicky I guess near the end,” said Dale Hicks, with the Moncton Food Depot.

"But the community always seems to come through. The history is there, I guess, that Moncton always responds to that, so we're hoping that's going to be the case again this year."

The sentiment is much the same at Project Under The Tree — which fills gift boxes for adults in need.

"Every year it's always a challenge to reach the goals because the goals every year seem to get bigger and bigger," spokeswoman Jenn Rossiter said.  

"There's always more and more need and so we really just encourage the community to get on board."