For the last 23 years, unions have been working together with their community allies to provide a holiday event for thousands of men, women and children in Metro Vancouver. Last year, this joyous event with wonderful food, music and laughter served almost 3,300 guests in the spirit of giving.
Volunteers (including Santa!) perform all aspects of the preparation, service, entertainment, clean-up, security, and music for the event, held in two locations from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
The event includes a hot turkey dinner and an opportunity for children from struggling families to receive a toy from Santa. Items such as warm clothing and personal hygiene items are collected and purchased to distribute to those in need. After dinner, guests receive a hamper to take with them with fresh produce and canned/non-perishable goods.
The local voted at our last meeting to make a financial contribution of $517 for this event, but there is more you can do.
Donations of the following items are needed:
Unwrapped toys and gifts suitable for teens
Gift cards and passes
New and gently used, washed clothing for men, women and children
Jackets, hats, socks and gloves
Drop off your donation items at Darcy Lesueur's desk (E03 on 16K) on or before December 21.
Volunteers are also needed:
IN VANCOUVER, at the Maritime Labour Centre (1880 Triumph Street):
December 21, unloading trucks with food and toys at 10:00 a.m.
December 22, filling hampers and setting up the hall at 10:00 a.m.
December 23, filling hampers, sorting toys and clothes at 10:00 a.m.
December 24, volunteers for dinner at 3:30 p.m.
IN SURREY, at the Whalley Legion (13525 106 Ave):
If you are able to volunteer during any of the above times, please e-mail Marisha Zuckerman to confirm when and where you are able to help.