This New West-based society needs your help at its Christmas tree lots

Aunt Leah’s Place is celebrating the silver anniversary of its Christmas tree lots.

The non-profit, which runs programs aimed at preventing children in foster care from becoming homeless and mothers in need from losing custody of their children, has been running Christmas tree lots for 25 years. In the years since the original lot opened, the New West-based organization has expanded to six tree lot locations.

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This year, Aunt Leah’s needs as many as 500 volunteers for shifts between Nov. 21 and Dec. 23 at the six locations. Shifts are typically four hours, and volunteers have access to a heated tent as well as water, tea and hot water.

“Families, individuals and work or faith groups are all welcome,” said a notice from Aunt Leah’s. “It’s also an opportunity for teenagers looking for volunteer hours to complete their graduation requirements, although the minimum age is 15 to participate unless you’re with a family.”

While there is no tree lot in New West, Aunt Leah’s has lots in Coquitlam and Burnaby, as well as three in Vancouver and one in North Vancouver. Aunt Leah’s initiatives include housing, financial help, life skills and emotional care.

To volunteer, go to or contact Hope Rayson at 604-525-1204 (extension 252) or

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