Teens organize a toy and food drive

Two Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary students are putting on a Punjabi-themed fundraiser for the Surrey Food Bank and Deltassist.

Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary students Navneet Brar

It’s a holiday toy drive with a twist, a shake, a little bit of dancing, say two local Grade 9 students who are organizing a Punjabi-themed charity event in support of two agencies that help spread the spirit of the holiday season to children and families in need.

There will be food, music, dancing, performances and raffles at the women-only event, taking place at the Paradise Banquet Hall this Friday (Nov. 16).

“People love Punjabi food, and they love Punjabi music,” says Sushmitha Sidhu, who’s organizing the event along with her friend Navneet Brar. Both teens attend Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary.

The event just also happens to be the students’ service legacy project for school.

“We love helping the community anyways,” says Sidhu. The teens have already gone door-to-door collecting food donations for the Surrey Food Bank, and will continue doing so every weekend, so don’t be surprised if they come to your home, seeking your support.

“We just thought it would be nice thing to help the community,” Sidhu says. “There’s no big major reason, we just wanted to do something so kids who are less fortunate have presents at Christmas time.”

Proceeds from ticket sales will to go support the Surrey Food Bank and Deltassist, which operates a toy bank and provides food hampers to those in need.

The cost is $20 per person; kids under 6 are free. Guests are also asked to bring at least one item for the food bank. Gift baskets and door prizes will be raffled off at Friday’s fundraiser, taking place at the Paradise Banquet Hall, 201 9385 120 Street in Delta, starting at 6 p.m.

The event is aimed at adults  but a craft table and games will be available for children. It’s for women only, so guests can socialize in a comfortable and safe environment.

It’s the second year in a row for the evening fundraiser. Last year, 100 people turned out.

For more, visit http://communiti2help.weebly.com/index.html.

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