Starting in early November, North Surrey-based Sutton Premier Realty led a campaign to collect balls — for soccer, basketball, volleyball, football and other sports – as gifts for teenagers registered with the Surrey charity, whose depot is located in Newton this year.
Their “Bring on the Balls” donation drive was in response to news that of 4,000 kids who rely on Surrey Christmas Bureau, 900 teenagers were left without gifts last December.
“No child should be overlooked on Christmas, so this year, keeping in mind how important active play is for children of all ages, we have vowed to bring on the balls,” the company’s managing broker, Sadaf Baig, said when the initiative was launched.
They challenged other realtors in the Lower Mainland to donate balls, and the Sutton Premier team recently delivered 260 balls to the bureau, in a donation valued at $1,800.
“They came in with all these balls, which have been flying off the shelf here,” said Lisa Werring, executive director of Surrey Christmas Bureau.
“They issued a challenge and collected them all. It was great, a very funny campaign,” she added.
Donations for Surrey Christmas Bureau are welcomed at its depot, 6878 King George Blvd., Surrey. On the web, the organization is located at christmasbureau.com.
“It is not too late for people to get into the spirit to make the holidays brighter for those less fortunate,” Baig noted.