No place for Christmas bureau to call home

Surrey charitable organization once again seeks location for holiday toy depot.

The Thanksgiving turkey and mounds of Halloween candy have yet to hit most homes, but for one local organization, thoughts of Christmas are already on the table.

Just as the season itself comes at the same time every year, so does the Surrey Christmas Bureau‘s (SCB) plea for warehouse space from which to operate.

A space of between 4,000 and 8,000 square feet is required for two months so the bureau collect and distribute toys, gifts and grocery cards for families in need during the holidays.

Two years ago the Christmas bureau used the then-vacant Go Bananas building in North Surrey, but that space has since been leased. Last year’s location in the old Whalley Library (since replaced by City Centre Library) was perfect, but the building was torn down earlier this year.

“It is a major struggle every year to find an available space big enough for our operations,” said K.C. Gilroy, coordinator for the SCB. “The challenge is to set up enough in advance so families who need help know where we are.”

More than 1,800 local families are expected to apply for help from the non-profit organization this year.

“It is a huge undertaking to secure a central location every season,” said newly elected board president Allan Keel. “We desperately need a community-minded champion to come forward.”

Anyone able to help is urged to call 604-581-9623.

Just Posted

Surrey ‘foam-free Vaisakhi’ initiative inspires ‘Sweet Takeaways’ business

KPU students launch business selling sugarcane takeout containers as alternative to foam, single-use items

Driver escaped uninjured as car burst into flames on Nordel Way

It happened at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in North Delta, just west of Scott Road

Cloverdale hamper program brings Christmas cheer to 500 households in Surrey, Langley, and White Rock

Cloverdale Community Kitchen has been running hamper program for 26 years

Homicide team at Surrey home ‘as part of already ongoing investigation’

Police tape up at a Surrey home within a block of a Nov. 11 murder scene

Rainbow benches installed outside Delta rec centres

The benches are among several initiatives adopted in July aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion

VIDEO: Ron MacLean says he doesn’t believe former co-host Don Cherry is racist

Sportsnet fired Cherry on Nov. 11, two days after controversial on-air comments during ‘Coach’s Corner’

B.C. mom, kids on bike turned away from Tim Hortons drive-thru

Car-free for years, Charity Millar ‘felt gross’ being denied service

No turn signals, double-parking among top concerns for B.C. drivers: poll

Two-thirds of B.C. drivers said that not using turn signals was their biggest pet peeve

Man accused in fatal Shuswap church shooting also charged with arson

Parmenter family home badly damaged by fire a month before killing

Union to prepare for picket lines, announce new measures in transit strike escalation

Unifor said the move comes after a ‘failure by the employer to make new offers at the bargaining table’

Workers union calls strike vote in SkyTrain labour dispute

Mediated talks are scheduled to begin Nov. 28

‘Our culture is not a religion,’ Indigenous educator tells B.C. Supreme Court in case of smudging at school

Mother also gave evidence Tuesday in Nanaimo courtroom, case continues Wednesday

B.C. man who killed Belgian tourist near Boston Bar gets life in prison, no parole until 2042

Sean McKenzie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of 28-year-old Amelie Christelle Sakkalis

Trudeau to take sober approach to unveiling new cabinet for minority mandate

Liberals survived a bruising campaign that diminished Trudeau’s stature as a champion of diversity

Most Read