Christmas Sharing

Christmas Sharing

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 gift hampers.


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: TBD
HOURS: Mon-Fri 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Sat 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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 if income.

PICK UP: To be announced for 2020

TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER

TO VOLUNTEER:
Our Christmas Sharing coordinator can be contacted at christmas@comserv.bc.ca or at 604.792.4267

ANGEL TREE: TBA
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.

DOWNLOAD THE GIFT DONATION FORM

GIFT DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
– Any CCS locations
– Others TBA

GIFT SUGGESTIONS:
– Arts and crafts ages 3 to 8
– Activity books ages 3 to 8
– Basket balls, foot balls, soccer balls
– Bicycles (used & new)
– Bike helmets
– Blankets, sleeping bags
– Books for ages 0 to 18
– Boots for winter
– Cameras
– Car seats & booster seats
– CDs, DVDs, MP3s
– Coats for winter
– Gift cards
– Hockey sticks
– Infant sleepers and onesies
– Learning toys, eg. lego, dress-up, blocks, imaginative play
– Nursery equipment
– Phone cards
– Puzzles for all ages
– T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies (M, L, XL)
– Tickets for cinema, sports, theatre, gym or pool
– Toddler toys
– Toiletries
– Socks, gloves, hats
– Wallets, purses
– Watches

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