LETTER: Surrey showed its true colours with its Christmas generousity

'The support that the Surrey Christmas Bureau received in 2015 was nothing short of phenomenal'

KC Gilroy of the Surrey Christmas Bureau says the community came up big this year.

KC Gilroy of the Surrey Christmas Bureau says the community came up big this year.

The Editor,

Dictionaries often define the word “generous” as being willing to give or share; unselfish. This definition should also include the words “ie. the residents of Surrey.”

The support that the Surrey Christmas Bureau received in 2015 was nothing short of phenomenal. Donations of toys and funds flowed in from hundreds of caring people.

Volunteers – from sports teams, banks and credit unions, health authorities, the RCMP, service clubs and businesses – came every day in December. They stocked shelves, carried toys, loaded trucks, swept floors and were good-natured elves for 1,720 registered and assisted low-income families. In addition, more than 100 of our year-round volunteers were there daily, keeping everything running smoothly.

As another year begins, we can be optimistic that generous spirits will always triumph over stinginess and fear. To give is to gain and our community certainly gained a lot this past Christmas season.

KC Gilroy, Surrey Christmas Bureau