Mission Community Services Society chair Bob Ingram and executive director Sanjay Gulati accept a $2

Shopping local raises $2,350 for Christmas Bureau

Mission Chamber of Commerce donates an additional $500

Mission shoppers helped raise $2,350 for the Christmas Bureau this year through the Chamber of Commerce’s Pay it Forward program.

Over the last month, the business group thanked local shoppers for supporting Mission businesses by donating five cents for every receipt collected to the Christmas Bureau.

Volunteers counted the 46,986 receipts and the Chamber topped off the donation with an additional $500, bringing the total to $2,850.

Chamber vice-president Anne Harper presented the cheque to Mission Community Services Society (which operates to Christmas Bureau) chair Bob Ingram and executive director Sanjay Gulati at the Chamber’s annual Christmas luncheon Dec. 19.

“We are happy to see that residents continue to value and support local businesses by choosing to shop local,” said Sean Melia, Chamber president.