It depends on the Group Conscience decision. Each Group is autonomous... and they, as a group, decide for themselves.
However, most Groups, that I'm familiar with, keep the 7th Tradition $$ separate and they don't mix it. This prevents argument and controversy. They pass a separate basket or can -- with the explanation that "this is what this goes for".
Some members will believe that the groups activities are a vital way that they are carrying the message. Others, won't. It's often difficult to please one of them... and when you get to two, and three... well, you probably know what I mean!
Best regards w/ the Christmas party & picnic! Be sure to send me an invite!