Posted Dec 08, 2014 by
December seems to come earlier every year, and volunteering can be a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas before the season is over. Here’s our Seasonal Wrap-Up of some great ways to make sure everyone has a merry and safe holiday.
Vancity Angel Tree
For moms and kids escaping domestic violence, the holiday season can get easily get lost. Vancity branches in the Tri-Cities are collecting toys and other small gifts for women and children who are getting support towards a new life from Tri-City Transitions.
Vancity Angel Trees are decorated with paper angels, each with the name of a child and the gift they are hoping to receive. You pick an angel, buy the gift, and return it, unwrapped, to the Vancity branch. Vancity makes sure the gift gets where it needs to go, kind of like Santa.
Rachel, Vancity’s awesome Shaughnessy Branch Concierge, needs 17 more gifts to make sure every kid has their wishes come true. If you’d like to be a last-minute Angel for a kid in need, contact Rachel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-877-7333 and she will hook you up!
Gifts are in the $25 range, and need to be at a Tri-Cities Vancity branch by December 13.
Operation Red Nose
Operation Red Nose saves lives and keeps the holidays merry for revellers throughout the Tri-Cities and New Westminster. Your mission, if you care to accept it, is to drive tipsy folks home from all kinds of local bars and house parties. Drunk people are very funny, and always unpredictable, so this can be a source of stories that you can tell for years.
You drive in teams of three: one of you drives the inebriated person's car and two of you ride with the merry reveller. That keeps everyone safe, and makes it even more fun. Operation Red Nose is on the call until December 31.
To sign up in the TriCities/New Westminster area, get your Operation Red Nose Volunteer Application here!
SHARE Gift Wrapping, Toy Bank & Food Hampers
SHARE Family & Community Services helps low income families have a great Christmas. SHARE runs food banks, a Christmas hamper program, and a toy drive. You can also help out as a gift wrap volunteer with proceeds going to support SHARE programs year-round. Here’s how to help!
Gift Wrap Volunteer
From now until December 24 you can sign up for a 4-hour shift to wrap gifts by donation at Coquitlam Centre. You must be over 16. Sign up for a shift by dropping in at the Avion Gift Wrapping Centre, near the Food Court at Coquitlam Centre, or call Ruth at 604-529-5104.
SHARE Toy Bank Volunteer
Volunteers are needed to accept toy donations at the SHARE Christmas Tree in Coquitlam Centre, between the Gap and Aritizia. Call Ruth at 604-529-5104 to get a shift.
SHARE Christmas Tree Bank Drive
Volunteer just by shopping & dropping off a toy at the SHARE Toy Bank. Any toy that isn’t a stuffed animal is awesome. Take a look at what you are getting for the kids on your own list, and buy an extra for a SHARE kid! Gift cards are great for the harder-to-shop-for teens.
SHARE Food Hamper Donations
Or head over to the SHARE Food Bank (2615 Clarke Street) to donate food for Christmas hampers. Some of the most-needed items are:
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Fish & Meat
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Meals
- Canned Vegetables
- Tomato Sauce
Special treats to consider:
- Stuffing Mix
- Candy or Chocolates
- Coffee or Tea
CVC Flying Squad
Community Volunteer Connections’ very own CVC Flying Squad can always connect you to ways to give back to your community. Check out what’s coming up or sign up to be a Squad volunteer here.
Have a happy and safe holiday season!