For the last 24 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 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 Natalie Woods' desk (N01 on 10K) on or before December 18.
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, setting up the hall and sorting clothes at 10:00 a.m.
December 23, filling hampers, sorting toys and clothes at 10:00 a.m.
December 24, load the moving truck at 9:00 a.m. then volunteer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm when and where you are able to help.