Last year, the Mission Christmas Bureau celebrated its office opening with an open house. Covid-19 has forced the organization to switch to online registrations this year. / Kevin Mills File Photo

Last year, the Mission Christmas Bureau celebrated its office opening with an open house. Covid-19 has forced the organization to switch to online registrations this year. / Kevin Mills File Photo

Registration for this year’s Mission Christmas Bureau will be completed online

Bureau gearing up to make Christmas possible for hundreds of local families and children in need

The Mission Community Services Christmas Bureau and Food Centre is gearing up to make Christmas possible for hundreds of local families and children in need this year.

Although things may look a little different this year, the team of staff and volunteers are committed to ensuring families will receive toys and festive food hampers.

New health and safety guidelines will ensure the safety and wellbeing of all those involved.

Registration for this year’s Christmas Bureau will be completed online at missioncommunityservices.com. Registration will run from Nov. 2 until Nov. 27 with supports in place to assist with the registration.

Each year the Mission Christmas Bureau and Food Centre rely heavily on the community coming together and for donations during Christmas. This year there is anticipation the need will be much greater due to the ongoing pandemic.

“We are seeing more people, more families, in need because of the effects of COVID-19. More people are out of work this year and we are seeing a need from people who may have never accessed our services before,” said Michelle Puffer, executive director of Mission Community Services.

“That means we will need more help from the community to lift those community members up this year, so they too can have a Merry Christmas.”

Continued support from the community will be essential in ensuring a successful campaign. You can assist by donating online at missioncommunityservices.com or by texting “Give” to 604-359-5620. Donations of cash, unwrapped gifts and food can also be dropped off at the Mission Christmas Bureau, unit 142 – 32555 London Ave., Mondays to Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m starting Nov. 2.