Imagine a child waking up to discover Santa didn’t come or a family having to choose between paying the hydro bill or buying groceries. What most of us take for granted each and every day, is not a choice for some. A winter coat, boots that fit, a visit to the dentist long remain on a wish list. Come January, circumstances don’t change. Cold temperatures continue into spring. Empty cupboards open daily. Lack of toiletries and medications leave others vulnerable to poor health.
Each year, Chilliwack Community Services partners with the Salvation Army to distribute holiday hampers to families struggling financially in our community. Together, we bring smiles to children who would not celebrate the holiday with the same anticipation and joy as most do. Every day in the weeks leading up to Christmas, people drop off gifts for tots through teens. Local businesses encourage customers to leave a gift under an “Angel Tree”. Others organize gala events and toy drives. Still others give the precious gift of time to help assemble and deliver the gift hampers.
To register for a Gift Hamper:
Christmas Central is where families can come and register for gift hampers.
Location: TBA for 2019
Hours of operation: TBA for 2019
Eligibility: Anyone receiving Income Assistance, Disability Pension, EI Benefits, or struggling on low income.
What to bring: Picture ID (BC Driver's License or BC ID Card), 1 piece of ID for each child (Care Cards), proof of residence in Chilliwack, and proof of income.
Pick up: TBA for 2019
To find out more about donating or how to get involved through volunteering:
Our Christmas Sharing coordinator can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 604.316.4275
Angel Tree Locations:
Angel Trees are set up at different businesses and organizations in Chilliwack. Each tree has several angel tree tags specifying gift requests according to self-identified gender and age of the registered individual family member. Members of the community are able to visit one of these locations, obtain a tag, and shop for a gift according to the specifications on the tag.
Gift Drop-off locations:
Any Chilliwack Community Services locations
Arts & Crafts ages 3-8
Activity Books ages 3-8
Basket balls, Foot balls, Soccer balls
Bicycles (used & new)
Blankets, Sleeping Bags
Books for ages 0-18
Boots for winter
Car Seats & Booster Seats
CDs, DVDs, MP3s
Coats for winter
Infant Sleepers & Onesies
Learning toys, eg. Lego, dressup, blocks, imaginative play
Phone Cards Puzzles for all ages
T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, Hoodies (M, L, XL)
Tickets to cinema, sports, theatre, gym or pool
Socks, Gloves, Hats
Gift Donation Form (PDF)