SHARE Christmas Drive

The holidays are a time to celebrate together with our families, and acknowledge our gifts with gratitude. They are also a time to help those less fortunate. SHARE Family and Community Services is one group that does that right here in the Tri-Cities – at Christmas and all year long.

SHARE operates the Christmas Toy and Hamper programs for Tri-cities families. This year they are expecting to register 1,928 households for Christmas food hampers and at least as many children for toys. The Christmas programs operate entirely on the generosity of our community. The donations of toys, food and thousands of volunteer hours make these programs possible.

As of December 13, the SHARE Food Bank did not have enough food to provide a hamper that is significant enough to help a family stretch through the three weeks between receiving their hamper and the next Food Bank Day. You can help by making a donation of food at a Tri-Cities grocery store today.

Donations of new unwrapped toys can be made at the SHARE Tree in Coquitlam Centre. After a gift is given at the tree, it is brought back to they warehouse where a team of volunteers expertly sorts the toys into age and gender categories. Then they’re set out on display in the toy shops where parents come to shop to find that special gift that will bring a smile to their child’s face.

In addition to donations, SHARE needs volunteers, over the holidays and all year long. If you are able to help, I’m sure they would be happy to hear from you.

I have two small children. I can’t imagine what it would be like to not be able to provide a real Christmas to them. And so I am grateful for the work that SHARE does in our community, especially at this time of year.

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