Christmas Bureau doors open Nov. 21

The official opening happens Monday morning at 10:30 a.m.

The Mission Community Services Christmas Bureau is encouraging people to be generous during this time of year, urging people to donate gift and food donations that will go toward helping a family.

Mayor James Atebe will be on hand to welcome the Christmas Bureau’s official opening in the Junction Mall, Unit 308 (between Urban Planet and the dentist office), this Monday at 10:30 a.m.

Family registrations begin Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and run until Dec. 9.

Families will need to bring picture identification, proof of Mission residency, income and Care Cards for all dependents.

Donation hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, until Christmas.

Last year the bureau gave out 805 Christmas hampers and expect similar numbers again this year.

The bureau will gladly accept any donations of new clothing or gifts (due to health issues and space limitations the bureau is unable to accept used items) and cash donations are also welcomed.

If you have time to volunteer this Christmas, the bureau is accepting applications. Call 604-814-3333 or e-mail for more information.

On Nov. 30, the Mission Rotary Club is holding its annual Christmas Carol Festival at the Clarke Theatre at 7 p.m. Admission is by donation to the food bank or Christmas Bureau and Rotarians will be on hand in the lobby to assist Phil Hope from community services in collecting the items. Call Pam Alexis for more info at 604-302-2005.

As well, bureau volunteers will be present at the annual Candlelight parade on Dec. 2 to collection donations.