Mission Community Services held a soft opening of it’s annual Christmas Bureau campaign earlier this week.
Dignitaries and special guests, including Santa and Mrs. Claus came to support the annual campaign.
“Last year saw us support 500 families and seniors, 675 children received gifts, we assisted families with 550 Christmas food hampers and to do this we needed the invaluable support of our volunteers who worked over 800 hours to help make Christmas an enjoyable experience,” said Nate McCready, the new executive director of Mission Community Services.
He told the crowd that last year, generous Missionites helped to raise $150,000 for the campaign.
However, due to the rise in gas prices and groceries, he expects more families than ever before will be seeking help.
“Families in our community are struggling and Christmas holidays make those challenges more apparent”
This year, the goal is to raise $160,000 and “to be there for every Mission citizen that needs our support.”
“For generations we have taught children that Santa brings presents to all the good boys and girls. So what is the message to those children who’s families don’t have anything from Santa to put under the tree?” asked McCready.
Toy and monetary donations can be dropped off at the Mission Christmas Bureau between Nov. 2 to Dec. 16, at 142-32555 London Ave in the Mission Junction Mall.
The bureau is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
After Dec 16th – Monetary donations can be dropped off at the Main Office at 33179 2nd Ave.
Food Donations can be dropped off at at the Mission Food Centre at 3-32618 Logan Avenue on Mondays 9-12, Wednesdays 2:30-4:30 p.m., and Fridays 9-12.
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