December 2, 2023

ESF: The Christmas Bureau collaborates with various companions, together with the Metropolis of Mission.

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After being on the receiving finish of the Mission Group Providers Society’s meals centre for a few years, Steve Murray determined to offer again.

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Since July, he’s been volunteering with the non-profit group as a part of its Engaged Group Information program. As a information, Murray delivers meals to folks and checks in on them.

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“We speak to folks, join with them, give them recommendation on what they need assistance with,” Murray mentioned. “There are many sources on the Meals Centre.”

For Christmas, Murray helps fill vacation hampers and organizing the toy depot at Mission Junction Mall with the Mission Group Providers Society’s Christmas Bureau.

“There’s lots of stuff for us to do,” mentioned the commmunity liaison/program coordinator, Tyler Correia. “I’m glad we’ve got these additional serving to palms on deck.”

Duties embrace placing collectively meals hampers and organizing items on the toy depot.

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“The baskets are barely bigger than typical,” Correia mentioned. “We attempt to provide households a number of Christmas meals.”

Present playing cards for turkeys at native grocery shops are additionally included.

Folks will start coming by for toys in December. It’s a superb combine this yr, he says.

“We’ve received numerous Sizzling Wheels. I really feel like Sizzling Wheels are actually versatile. I haven’t observed any gaps. We’ve received lots of toys for toddlers. A lot of stuffed animals. Folks love making a gift of animals.”

The Christmas Bureau collaborates with various companions, together with the Metropolis of Mission.

“We’re going to be concerned within the Candlelight Parade on Dec. 3, and our guides will probably be there of their blue jackets, gathering donations for the Meals Centre.”

For toy and meals donations, the non-profit depends on companions and occasions that happen within the space. In November, they partnered with the Mission Punj-Aab Cultural Membership to arrange a meals donation space in Clarke Theatre for Diwali: The Competition of Lights.

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And funds collected from Province readers by the Empty Stocking Fund go to assist non-profits just like the Mission Group Centre ship meals, present playing cards and toys to folks in want.

“It helps magnificently,” Correia mentioned. “What we’ve observed yr over yr is that there’s an enormous improve within the variety of people who find themselves utilizing the Christmas Bureau.”

Final yr, the Group Providers Society supplied meals hampers to 550 households and seniors, and toys for 675 children, a rise of twenty-two per cent extra hampers and 13 per cent extra items over 2021.

As well as, the non-profit organized tree donations and a Secret Santa occasion for seniors.

And this yr will probably additionally see a rise in numbers.

“Earlier than leaping into this Christmas season we noticed an unprecedented improve within the variety of folks accessing our Meals Centre,” Correia mentioned. “We’re bracing for a Christmas time the place individuals are going to be searching for out a service like this to make their Christmas one thing particular. The Empty Stocking Fund goes to be extraordinarily useful in financing extra hamper purchases and extra toys as wanted.”

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Murray is grateful for the assistance he’s obtained previously and is pleased to be serving to out this yr.

“I simply need to say an enormous thanks to everyone,” mentioned Murray, who lives alone however has household close by. “Working right here has actually helped my shallowness and I’ve seen a change in different people who find themselves volunteering right here on the Christmas bureau.”

“Steve had been a pleasure to work with,” Correia mentioned. “After seeing how giving and caring folks in Mission could be, it wasn’t very shocking to me that somebody like Steve got here alongside and desires to do all of this actually nice work.”

For 105 years The Province’s Empty Stocking Fund has been devoted to creating the vacations brighter for B.C. residents who’re much less lucky. With the generosity of our readers and supporters, the fund offers cash to 26 B.C. group teams that present meals hampers and items to kids, needy households and singles.

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The 2023 marketing campaign will run from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 and donations could be made:


On-line at:

By mail to: The Province Empty Stocking Fund
968 East Cordova St.,
Vancouver, B.C., V6A 1M6

By calling: 604-253-6911

2023 direct donation hyperlink:

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