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How to give back this holiday season

Last Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 2:07 pm PST

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LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – ‘Tis the season for giving!

Charity drives are underway across the Lower Mainland and we’ve put together a list of a few ways you can give back this holiday season.

Send us the details (including a link) about other charity drives by tweeting us @NEWS1130, posting to our Facebook page, or emailing news1130@news1130.rogers.com.

A Loving Spoonful
This charity provides nutritious meals for people living with HIV/AIDS and other debilitating illnesses.
The Great Big Give, presented by NEWS 1130 at the Fountainhead Pub – December 15
Donations also accepted online

Blanket BC
Collects blankets, socks, scarves, toque, mitts, and gloves for shelters across the Lower Mainland. Also accepts monetary donations online.
Drive on the Line at most Canada Line stations (click here for locations– November 24 and 25

Canuck Place
Provides pediatric palliative care. Cares for hundreds of children living with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Light a Life online campaign

Canucks for Kids
Dedicates resources to help charities that support children’s health and wellness
Canucks calendar sales benefit the charity, with prizes available to be won

Dress for Success Vancouver
Helps women enter the workforce with professinal clothing, career services, and skills development
Donate online

Greater Vancouver Food Bank
Vancouver Santa Claus Parade – December 3
Fill a Fit with Food – all of December
Food Drive in Vancouver – December 15 and 16 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Donate online

Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver
Donate online

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau
Distributes toys, clothes and food vouchers to low-income families during the holidays
Vancouver Charity Toy Drive – December 9
Christmas Wish Breakfast – December 13
Teddy Bear Toss – December 17

Move for Hunger Food Drive
Goal: To donate 10,000 lbs of non-perishable food items to local food banks.
Save-On-Foods (3033 152 Street, Surrey) – December 2

Operation Christmas Child
Collects and packs shoeboxes full of gifts and supplies, then sends them to children who are suffering as a result of war, poverty, famine, disease, and disaster
Learn how to pack a shoebox for donation or give a monetary donation online

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle campaign
Donate online

SAINTS
Volunteers help senior and disabled animals
Donate online

St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope
Visit the lights display on Burrard Street at Comox Street
Donate online

Surrey Food Bank
Donate online

Unicef
Donate online

Variety the Children’s Charity
Hot chocolate fundraiser taking place at 4990 Belleville Avenue – December 15

Union Gospel Mission
Donate online

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue
Volunteers help rescue cats and find the animals foster homes
Charity Craft Fair Woodwards building in Vancouver – November 25
Online Holiday Auction – November 25 to December 4
Donate online

Wagner Hills
Lights display at the women’s campus every Friday and Saturday evening from Dec 1 to Dec 16
Christmas Market will also be open — proceeds go into Wagner Hills programs
You can also donate online

Windows of Hope
Unique holiday designs painted on windows at the Richmond Auto Mall, in support of the Richmond Christmas fund.
Donate online