SHARE the Love this Holiday Season

Share Society Christmas 2013

December is arriving this weekend, which means that Christmas is just around the corner. While we all deck our own halls, some of our neighbours are worried about how they will give their own families a Merry Christmas. SHARE Family and Community Services is working to help, but they need others to chip in.

If you’d like to do your part to help create a happier holiday season for everyone, here are four ways you can do it:

1. Make a Donation

This is not only the easiest way to help, it’s also one of the most effective. SHARE is able to direct your donations to where help is needed most. In addition, they’re able to make your dollars go a lot further than you can. To make your donation, just head to their donation page. If money is tight, you can also donate your old clothes or household goods to their thrift store, make in-kind donations of stock or securities, or even donate your Club Thrifty points to their food bank.

2. Support the Food Bank

Last year SHARE registered 1662 local families for Christmas hampers, and this year they’re expecting as many as 1800. The next time you’re at the grocery store, drop some items in the food bank bin, or buy a voucher at the checkout to help fill those hampers. They also need volunteer helpers to make the program run smoothly, from front counter support, to food sorting and hamper packing, to truck drivers. To volunteer call 604.931.2451 or email

3. Fill the Toy Shop

The SHARE Christmas Toy Shop provides gifts for children 17 and under. Qualifying families are able to come and choose a gift that their child (or children) will love. You can help by donating a new, unwrapped toy or gift. They also need volunteers to help it run smoothly. To volunteer call 604.931.2451 or email

4. Sponsor a Family

SHARE’s Caring Neighbour sponsorships invite you to provide a local family with a happy holiday season. This is a personalized alternative for groups who wish to provide a hamper for a specific family. At minimum, you should plan to include food for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Christmas day. For a four person family, you can expect to spend approximately $200 for your hamper. You can also provide gifts for family members, especially children. For full guidelines, visit To have your questions answered or to register call 604.937.6986 or email

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