Hundreds of residents will have a merrier Christmas thanks to a longtime local hamper and gift bag program.
The Lower Mainland Purpose Society will provide items to more than 160 families in the New Westminster, Burnaby and the Tri-Cities as part of its 30th annual Christmas hamper program. In addition, the society will provide gift bags containing necessities and goodies to 150 of its low-income and homeless clients.
The Purpose Society will be accepting unwrapped toy donations from Dec. 13 to 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 502 Columbia St. (formally the Army & Navy department store, where Purpose Secondary is now located). Families will then be picking up toys from Dec. 16 to 20.
In addition to donations of new, unwrapped toys Purpose welcomes financial donations and items for gift bags. Items that will go into the gift bags include toiletries, toques, socks, mittens, scarves, small packages of chocolates, individually packaged hot chocolate, canned tuna or meat, cup of soup or other food items that do not require cooking.
Volunteers to help with the door-to-door delivery of the hampers are also appreciated.
To participate in this year’s hamper program, contact the hamper coordinator Pam Bloom at 604-937-7163 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Ashley at the society’s head office at 604-526-2522.
The Purpose Society is a non-profit, community-based, multi-service organization that delivers a continuum of programs to children, youth and families.