The Mission Christmas Bureau officially opened its doors on Tuesday morning. It is located at the Junction Mall. Guests and dignitaries attended the opening event. Organizers expect to create more than 700 hampers to give out this year.

Mission Christmas Bureau 2015 campaign begins

Organizers officially opened the doors to the new location at the Junction Mall on Tuesday.

Last year, thanks to the generous donations from local residents and businesses, the Mission Christmas Bureau gave out 650 hamper to those who needed a little extra help during the holiday season.

On Tuesday, the Mission Christmas Bureau officially kicked of its 2015 campaign by opening the doors of its new location at the Junction Mall.

As in the past, the need for help appears to be growing.

“We’re expecting to give out about 700 hampers, maybe more,” said Phil Hope, coordinator of the bureau.

Hope has been working with the Christmas Bureau for the past 17 years.

“Every year we acquire more donations. It’s an amazing community. I think the Mission community is more generous in many ways than other communities.”

Donation of non-perishable food, new toys and gift items as well as money can be dropped off at the bureau as well as the Mission Community Services Society on 2nd avenue, the Food Centre on Logan Avenue, the Mission Record on 1st Avenue or Firehall Number 1 on 7th Avenue. Call 604-826-3634 or 604-814-3333 for information.