There will be plenty of fundraising events going on next week in support of the Mission Christmas Bureau.
The Mission Community Services Christmas Bureau is a program which registers families on low income, collects donations of cash, food and new gifts, and then makes up hampers of food and gifts to give to the registered families.
Last year the organization helped almost 1,400 Mission residents with 630 hampers.
This year, the campaign is well under way, with registrations to receive hampers coming in regularly. Donations are beginning to come in and organizers want to thank all those who are thinking about others and have or will be bringing in needed donations.
There are several upcoming events planned in support of the bureau. Watch for the Prospect Equipment tractors and trailers who will be driving the candlelight parade route to collect donations.
The Rotary Choir Festival is set for Dec. 6 at the Clarke Theatre. Also, Christmas At the Clarke will be on Dec. 14.
Firehall #3 will be collecting donations in their area on Monday, Dec. 5, while Firehall #1 will be collecting donations on their usual routes around Albert McMahon School and Hillside Traditional Academy on Dec. 8-9.
Any missed donations can always be dropped off at Firehall #1 on Seventh Ave.
The West Coast Express will be operating their Santa trains on Dec. 10 and 17. Volunteers will collect new toy donations in exchange for tickets.
While the Christmas Bureau’s official registration cutoff date is Dec. 2, volunteers will still be accepting late registrations during the next couple of weeks.
The bureau office is located beside the Source in the Junction Mall and is open for donations Monday through Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and for registrations Monday through Friday (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
Donations can also be brought to the Mission Community Services main office at 33179 Second Ave. or to the Food Centre on Logan Avenue.
Call Mission Community Services for more information at 604 826-3634.