The 2015 Mission Christmas Bureau campaign is now well underway and many events are coming soon.
To date, the bureau has received approximately $20,000 in cash donations, as well as some new toys and food donations.
“We still have a long way to go in a very short time, as we start passing out hampers on Dec. 14,” said Phil Hope bureau co-ordinator.
Donations to the Christmas Bureau are being accepted at tonight’s Mission Candlelight Parade beginning at 7:30 p.m. on First Ave.
Watch for the tractors from Prospect Equipment or bring donations directly to the bureau van across from the main stage or to Mission Community Services on Second Ave.
The West Coast Santa Trains run Saturday, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. They leave promptly at 10 a.m. and passengers need to be there early to get a good seat.
Tickets are handed out at the train station, in exchange for new unwrapped toys for the Christmas Bureau. The train parking lot is free for the day.
Mission firefighters from Hall 1 will be collecting donations in the area of Cedar and Cherry Streets on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and in the Hillside School area on Thursday, Dec. 10. Firehall 3 will be doing the same at the local trailer parks on Dec. 7. If you miss the firemen, you can always bring donations to Firehall 1 during the day.
The Festival of Trees at All Saints Church begins on Dec. 8 and ends on Dec. 12 with a production of A Christmas Carol.