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Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season: Where to Donate

Ways to Give Back this Holiday Season: Where to Donate

There is no better feeling than giving back to the community or a cause that you are passionate about. Giving Tuesday is a great reminder to consider ways you can give back to others. Whether it’s through volunteering, momentary contributions or giving blood locally, there are so many ways to donate and so much need for your support this year. Not sure where to donate your time, energy or resources? There are so many incredible organizations to consider donating to. We’ve rounded up a list of a few local organizations who would love your support this season.

Local Organizations to Support this Holiday Season

Holiday Hampers and Adopt-A-Family Programs

Photo credit: Vancouver Firefighters Charities

>> Abbotsford Food Bank
>> The Salvation Army
>> Burnaby Community Services
>> Helping Families in Need Society
Coquitlam and Tri-Cities
>> Share Family and Community Services
>> Delta Assist
>> Langley Christmas Bureau
>>Mission Community Services
Maple Ridge
>> Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society
New Westminister
>> Purpose Society
North Vancouver
>> Family Services North Shore
>> Richmond Cares Richmond Gives
>> Surrey Christmas Bureau
>> Cloverdale Christmas Hamper
>> Vancouver Firefighter Charities – Toys for Kids
>> Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

Other ways to Donate

Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree Lot

Photo credit: Aunt Leah’s Christmas Trees Media Kit

For over 25 years Aunt Leah’s Christmas Tree lots have been helping to raise funds for youth in care and moms in need. 100 % of their profits go towards funding programs that help prevent children in foster care from becoming homeless, and young mothers from losing custody of their children.

If getting a Christmas Tree is still on your list, consider visiting one of their Vancouver, Coquitlam, or Burnaby locations. All of their lots are powered by volunteers, and last year they raised over $600,000.

Visit their website to find a tree lot near you this December.

The Greater Vancouver Foodbank

Photo credit: The Greater Vancouver Foodbank Instagram

The Greater Vancouver Foodbank has created a Virtual Food Drive, which is a fun and secure way to fundraise online. The funds raised in a VFD will be used to purchase healthy and nutritious foods for their clients. This is a great way to connect with your family and friends and to give back to the community.

Register here:

The Vancouver Shoebox Project – November 20th – December 13th

Photo credit: The Vancouver Shoebox Project Facebook

For the holiday season this year, The Vancouver Shoebox Project encourages volunteers to to fill a standard-sized, decorated Shoebox with approximately $50 worth of gifts and essentials that any woman might enjoy. You are also encouraged to include a warm greeting or message of support. These gifts are distributed to local women’s shelters and community agencies serving women impacted by homelessness across Canada.

Steps to participate:

Canadian Blood Services

Photo credit: CBC Website. Sophie Cosgrave, a 2 year old blood recipient, and family thank John C. Lee and the many blood donors at the Canadian Services Blood Clinic. (Huyana Cyprien/CBC)

A true gift for those who need it – blood donation can save a life. If you have been thinking about donating blood, Canadian Blood Services shares that their need for donors is constant even through the holidays. With the colder weather and many donations going to other places, having people sign up for blood donation appointments is much needed. For those looking for otherwise to support Canadian Blood Services there are monetary and volunteer opportunities as well.

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Covenant House Vancouver

Photo credit: Covenant House Instagram

All donations received will be triple matched.

Covenant House Vancouver helps homeless and at-risk street youth, ages 16 to 24 who have fled abuse or have aged out of foster care. Donations help this organization provide food, a space space, medical attention and so much more.

Donate here

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

Photo credit: CTV News

Toy Mountain is back! Join us in giving back this holiday season at Guildford Town Centre on November 30th and December 1st. Donate new unwrapped toys at center court or contribute online to support the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau.

Donate here: Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

See Also

BC Children’s Hospital Foundation

Photo Credit: Jenn Wint

This one hits close to home for many local Vancouver families and even those throughout BC who need critical life saving services. If your child has ever received care at BC Children’s, whether at the emergency clinic, the mental health facility or acute care center, then you know how fortunate we are to have access to this facility and its workers. BC Children’s is the only hospital in the province devoted exclusively to the care of children. These children are the kids who made us parents, aunties, or caregivers.

Learn about the ways to give here.

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YWCA Metro Vancouver

Photo credit: YWCA Metro Vancouver

The YWCA Metro Vancouver does so much for the community, including helping single mothers with housing, support, employment programs and so much more.

During the holiday season, you can donate to their Simplify the Season campaign. You can also choose to sponsor a family in their Presents of Peace program. Your sponsorship will include a grocery gift card as well as a gift for each family member.

Bells of Hope – BC Cancer Foundation

Photo credit: BC Cancer Foundation

This past year, many patients have marked milestones in their cancer treatment by ringing the “Bell of Hope” at BC Cancer centres across the province a symbolic gesture to recognize what they have been through as they embark on their next step. Donate now to bring hope to cancer patients and their families this holiday season.

Donate to Bells of Hope

What other places are you donating to this holiday season? Share with us and tag @vancouver_mom #vancouvermom

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