December 2020 is the year of donating in new ways – virtual, drive-thru or drop off! With so many families impacted by job loss and shortened hours this year due to the pandemic, donating is more important than ever. Organizations have adapted making it super easy for you to keep everyone healthy and donate in new ways. There are so many amazing local organizations that would love your donations this time of year.
PNE drive-thru toy drive for Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau – Nov 12 & 13 only!
The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and the PNE invite members of the community to donate an unwrapped, new toy for a child in need this year. As a thank you, each vehicle will receive a bag of mini donuts and coffee. You can donate old clothes and toys! Get your kids involved.
Local organizations that need your help
The Greater Vancouver Foodbank
The Greater Vancouver Foodbank has created a Virtual Food Drive — it is a fun and secure way to fundraise online. This type of fundraising allows the food bank to purchase healthy and fresh food. This is a great way to connect with your family and friends and to give back to the community. You can register here:
The Vancouver Shoebox Project
The Vancouver Shoebox Project will not be collecting shoeboxes this year due in an effort to stop the spread COVID-19 and keep volunteers and communities healthy, but this organization needs your help more than ever. They have made the decision to go virtual this holiday season. Each shoe box is filled with thoughtful gifts valued at $50 and distributed to women impacted by homelessness.
You can create a virtual shoebox here:
Or donate here: www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/19553
Covenant House Vancouver
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: https://secure3.convio.net/chb/site/Donation2?
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army gives hope and support to the most vulnerable Canadians and to people all over the world. They offer assistance for children and families, shelter for the homeless and so much more.
Donate here: https://salvationarmy.ca/donations/donate-online/
YWCA Metro Vancouver
The pandemic has definitely affected the YWCA Metro Vancouver and they can use your help this holiday season. They are forecasting a deficit of over $640,000 as a result of the short-term closures of the YWCA Hotel and Fitness Centre. The hotel and fitness centre generate revenue which directly fund many of the programs they offer, which is very concerning for the 2021 programs. The YWCA Metro Vancouver does so much for the community, including helping single mothers with housing, support, employment programs and so much more.
You can donate directly or ‘Shop for a gift’ which means you can choose where your donation goes — the options include donating $50 for a safe home for the holidays for someone in need or $20 for groceries for a family in need.
Donate here: https://ywcavan.org/give/holiday-giving
Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau
With less toy drives happening this year this Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau has made virtual donating easy to do. You are still able to drop off toys or make a monetary donation at the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau office (1870 Pandora St, Vancouver/604-253-7191) from now until Christmas!
Or Donate online: https://www.lmcb.ca/new-donate-funds
BC Cancer Foundation
The BC Cancer Foundation is hosting a virtual event on Friday, November 27, 2020. It is a unique event that will rally the community together to break down women’s cancers. It is called Discovery 2020 and presented by BMO and Sentes Automotive. They are asking for donations in lieu of traditional attendance fees.
For more information: https://bccancerfoundation.com/signature-event/discovery
Kera is a full-time mom with three kids. She lives in the suburbs of Vancouver and recently started Kids Cuddles Coffee, a ‘mommy-news’ blog. She loves going on adventures with her kids all over the Lower Mainland. She has a passion for writing and the news. Before becoming a mom she worked at CBC radio and at a local newspaper. Follow her on Instagram @kidscuddlescoffee