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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.
Combine piles of lumber, dozens of volunteers and hundreds of hours of work at Fraser Heights Secondary and you have a holiday toy-making factory.
It’s a factory that has been in operation for 15 years helping out the Surrey Christmas Bureau, an organization that distributes Christmas toys to kids in need.
The materials have been ordered and prepped and next Monday, the woodworking room at Fraser Heights Secondary will turn into a toy shop, as it does every year.
Kelly Ennis remembers the darkest time of her life: She and her husband were raising three boys, the youngest in diapers, when she suddenly found herself a single parent with no job and no money.
“My ex-husband left us and drained the bank account,” she recalled. “I was a stay-at-home mom with no education. I remembered thinking, ‘What was I going to do? How was I going to feed my children?’ And Christmas was coming.”
All Star Wrestling is presenting “Body Slams For Toys” on Friday, Dec. 15, a wrestling event that will benefit the Surrey Christmas Bureau.
“Come one, come all and let’s make a difference for the Surrey Christmas Bureau,” the event’s press release reads.
The Surrey Christmas Bureau launched its 2017 season Wednesday by handing out donated bicycles to needy children.
Khaled Aldarwish is 13, but as a Syrian refugee has likely experienced much more than most people three times his age.
After longtime Surrey Christmas Bureau director KC Gilroy hung up her sleigh bells in June, another self-described “Christmas nut” has signed on to lead the charity.
“I have some big shoes to fill,” said new executive director Lisa Werring, who has spent much of her career in the non-profit sector, largely helping vulnerable children.
“The Kindness of Strangers”
“On Tuesday morning, about 40 people — couples, mothers, fathers and even a grandmother — stood in the cold outside the Surrey Christmas Bureau’s toy depot on 108th Avenue. They were waiting to take numbers so they could register before the Dec. 4 deadline for their families to receive food and gifts for the holidays.
“There are so many people that do it and I was hearing about lineups that were 80 people long by 6 a.m.,” said Katie Puckey, who was second in line and had been waiting since 5:30 a.m.” Click here to read the rest of the story in Indulge Magazine
“Empty Stocking Fund: Surrey folks line up in cold hoping to make Christmas better for their kids.” “There are families not far from you whose year-round struggles to make ends meet are compounded as the holiday season nears, and efforts to provide a little holiday happiness seem futile.
For single mother-of-three Shelley Grant, those difficulties are all too familiar.” Click here to read the rest of the story inThe Province Newspaper