Christmas Sharing

Christmas Sharing

The Chilliwack Salvation Army and Chilliwack Community Services have been partners in providing local families in Chilliwack with Christmas hampers since 1987. The Salvation Army provides families with the food portion of the hamper and Chilliwack Community Services provides the toy/gift portion for children up to 18 years old. 

 

WHY WE GIVE DURING CHRISTMAS

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 to spring. Empty cupboards open daily. Lack of toiletries and medications leave others vulnerable to poor health.

Christmas Sharing helps to alleviate some of that stress during the holiday season, where children can wake up to Christmas joy on Christmas morning.

TO REGISTER FOR A GIFT HAMPER

CHRISTMAS CENTRAL is where families can come and register for gift hampers.

LOCATION: The Salvation Army Care and Share Centre – 45746 Yale Road, Chilliwack

DATES OPEN: Monday, November 20 – Friday, December 08, 2023

HOURS: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM   Saturdays  10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

ELIGIBILITY: Chilliwack residents who are 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 and every member in the household (Care Cards), and proof of residence in Chilliwack.

If you are not able to register in person, you can send your information, ID, and a signed letter of consent to someone to register on your behalf.

PICK UP DATES:

Each portion of the hamper will be on different dates and at different locations. To pick up the hampers you will need to bring your ID and the pick-up slips provided when registering.  

Salvation Army Food hamper: Dec 19, 2023

Pickup Location:  Salvation Army Chilliwack Community Church, 46420 Brooks Avenue

Chilliwack Community Services Toy/Gift hamper: Dec 19, 2023 *location will be announced at a later date.

TO MAKE A DONATION

Donate:

Drop off your unwrapped toy/gift, gift cards or cash donations to our main office at:

Chilliwack Community Services 

45938 Wellington Ave or call 604-792-4267

 

 Sponsor a Toy Hamper:

The CCS Christmas Sharing Toy Hamper Sponsorship program matches you with a child/children in our community. You will receive the child’s age, gender, and a small wish list that has been provided to us and you can use to help guide you to purchase Christmas gifts. Hamper values are approximately $125. Sponsorships can be done by individuals, families, organizations and businesses. Deadline to apply as a sponsor is Dec 1 and sponsored hampers must be dropped off before Dec 8.

For more information or to sponsor a toy hamper email:  [email protected]  before Friday, Dec 1st, 2023 , or to sponsor a toy hamper please fill out the form below and return it before Friday December 1st, 2023

Toy Hamper registration 2023

 

Food Donation:

The Salvation Army will accept any monetary donations.  Please go to:

  https://sachilliwack.wufoo.com/forms/z1msgezp1yo28u4/

or call the office at 604-792-0001 and ask for Chris Kizmann. Donation Receipts will be processed at the time of donation and mailed out to you following the donation.

HOW TO HELP

BE AN ANGEL TREE HOST:

Angel Trees are set up at different businesses and organizations in Chilliwack. 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, then return the unwrapped gift to any Angel Tree location before December 8th, 2023.  If you are interested in being an Angel Tree host, please contact [email protected] or call 604.792.4267

ANGEL TREE LOCATIONS:
Starting November 13th to December 8th, 2023

-ABLP Logistics, 3-44322 Yale Road West

-Anavets, 46268 Yale Road

-Ascend Fitness, 102-45610 Yale Road

-Cache 21 Storage, 45770 Luckakuck Way

-Chilliwack Community Services, 45938 Wellington Avenue

-Chilliwack Midwifery, 45779 Luckakuck Way (Inside The Real Canadian Superstore)

-Coast Capital, Unit 1-45480 Luckakuck Way 

-Cookie’s Grill, 44335 Yale Road West

-Cultivate Cafe, 10015 Young Road

-Delagios Pizzeria, 103-5625 Promentory Road

-Escape Trailer, 43851 Industrial Way

-Fix Auto, 8745 Young Road

-Hunni’s, 101-9260 Sasquatch Alley

-Little Mountain Greenhouse & Florist, 47558 Yale Road East

-Lolly’s Fashion, 45891 Wellington Avenue

-Bannister GM, 45930 Airport Road

-Murray Honda, 44954 Yale Road

-Murray Mazda, 45018 Yale Road

-Once Upon a Child, 206-8249 Eagle Landing Parkway

-RBC Wealth Management Group, 9296 Main Street

-River’s Edge Hair Studio, 42375 Yarrow Central Road, Yarrow

-The Button Box, 9369 Mill Street

-The Chilliwack Progress, 104-45833 Alexander Avenue

-Vedder Pharmacy, 106-5335 Vedder Road 

TOY DRIVES:

Community groups, businesses and individuals host Toy Drives around Chilliwack to collect unwrapped new gifts for children ages 0-18 years old.  Visit one of the local toy drives to drop off your donations. Want to host a Toy drive? Contact us and we can send you CCS posters to print and use on collection boxes, provide ideas to support the Toy Drive, and share the event on our social media pages. Thank you for the support! 

November 20 to December 10th – Sarah Toop Real Estate, 101-7388 Vedder Rd. 

November 25th – Chilliwack Cheam Rotary Club/CATT Fund Volleyball Tournament, Chilliwack Landing Sports Centre.

November 15 to December 15 – EXP Realty.  Drop off unwrapped gifts at all Save On Foods locations.

December 6th– Chilliwack Golf Club, 41894 Yale Road

December 9th – Chilliwack Chiefs Annual Toque and Mitten Toss

December 10th – Elements Casino , 8180 Young Road

Chilliwack Community Services Toy Drive, Hosted by Elements Casino, Murray Honda and Star FM This event will run 9:00am to 11:30am on December 10th at the front of Elements Casino. It is set up as a drive-thru drop off, where we provide warm breakfast wraps, coffee, hot chocolate and muffins at no charge for those who drop off unwrapped new gifts. All gifts will be given to Chilliwack Community Services for their hamper program and they will be on site during this event.

Wish List

The CCS Christmas Sharing Program accepts clean, new, unwrapped toys, or gift cards (individual card values of $25 or less) and cash donations. There is a larger need for gifts for tweens and teens and we try to limit the number of stuffed animals as our warehouse is already overflowing with their cuteness

Ages 0 to 4

  • Outdoor toys: e.g. tricycle, kick scooter, balance bike, balls
  • Building blocks: e.g. Megablocks, wooden blocks, stacking blocks
  • Musical toys: e.g. xylophone, maracas, drums
  • Educational toys: e.g. Leapfrog, co-operative board games, Trace-n-Erase chalkboards, Magna-Tiles, Toy Toolbox
  • Arts and crafts: Play-doh, crayons, paints & easels, activity books
  • Imagination toys: toy cars and train sets, magnetic fishing sets, play food sets, dolls
  • Clothing: pajamas, winter jackets, hats, gloves, socks, blankets
 

Ages 5 to 11

  • Outdoor toys: e.g. kick scooter, bicycle, soccer ball, basketball, sled
  • Games & puzzles: e.g. Pokemon Cards, Monopoly, Cranium Family Edition, Sorry, Twister, Chutes and Ladders
  • Arts and craft sets: e.g. pencil crayons, pastels, DIY craft kits, jewelry making sets, activity books
  • STEM toys: e.g. science kits, kids’ coding games
  • Imagination toys: e.g. pretend and dress up, interactive pet toys, monster trucks, RC cars
  • Building blocks and sets: e.g. Lego,
  • Action figures and dolls: e.g. Barbie, play sets, video game characters, Marvel action figures, LOL dolls,
  • Age-appropriate electronics
  • Clothing: Pajamas, winter jackets, hats, gloves, socks, slippers, bedding, blankets
 

Ages 12 to 18

  • Sports and activities: e.g. Nerf toys, bicycle, hockey gear, skateboard, activity tracker
  • Games, Arts & Crafts: professional art supplies, advanced Lego sets
  • Electronics: e.g. video games, portable chargers, Fujifilm Instax or Polaroid Camera and film; handheld gaming devices, LED lights
  • Musical items: e.g. guitars, keyboards, drums, Bluetooth speakers, headphones, wireless earbuds
  • Lifestyle: e.g. watch/smartwatches, fitness/water bottles, backpacks, books, travel mugs, make-up, jewelry, hair styling tools, razors and shaving cream, wallets, purses, room decor
  • Tickets and gift cards: tickets for concerts, movies & sports events, gift cards for clothing, electronics, etc. so that tweens and teens can pick out something for themselves that they will love and need
  • Clothing: Pajama pants, winter jackets, hats, gloves, socks, bedding, blankets
 

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