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“Mountain of LEGO donated to Surrey Christmas Bureau by local club”

Dec 13, 2021 by Tom Zillich for the Surrey Now Leader

A small mountain of LEGO was donated to Surrey Christmas Bureau with the help of one avid builder of the plastic bricks.

Andrew Delbaere has created some familiar Surrey buildings with LEGO, including Guildford Town Centre.

“I have a LEGO room at my house which contains a city I’ve been working on for years that features a Central City Brewery-inspired brewery,” explained Delbaere. “I also have a 20-square-foot hockey arena that seats over 900 LEGO figures.” (click like above to read more)

The Gift of Giving:  How Local Charities are Helping People and Families this Holiday Season” 

Dec 7, 2021 By Abby Luciano for The Runner (The Runner is student owned and operated by Kwantlen Polytechnic University students, published under Polytechnic Ink Publishing Society (PIPS).)

“Christmas is the time of year when many people have time off work, enjoy opening presents under a lit-up, decorated tree, and come together to enjoy a feast with family and friends. However, behind closed doors, Christmas is a sad season for those impacted by poverty, and for many the pandemic has heightened this problem.” (click link above to read more)

“Surrey Christmas Bureau Executive Director says it is going to be a record year”

December 4, 2021 by Lauren Collins for the Surrey Now Leader

“The Surrey Christmas Bureau has moved into a new location that the executive director says is “the best space we’ve ever had.”

Lisa Werring said the Christmas bureau moved into the former Whalley Safeway in November, after online registration opened in October. The space was donated by “Santa’s helpers,” Sobeys and Crombie Property Holdings Ltd.” (click link above to read more)

Burnaby Mother Seeks to Adopt a Grandmother at Christmas to Honor Mother’s Memory:  

November 21, 2021  :

“A Burnaby family wanted to help out a very specific family this Christmastime, one who had gone through some tough times.

 

“We have had a lot of loss in our family and now we’re in a position to give back,” said Carrie Ann Louis.

Holiday Charity Work in Canada a Challenge For Fundraisers and Donors During Pandemic:

December 13, 2020 “The lack of events is hitting local Christmas Bureaus hard.

“There is no tree-lighting ceremony. There’s no [Santa Claus] parade. Those are often fundraising opportunities for us,” said Surrey Christmas Bureau executive director Lisa Werring.

“There’s no third-party events being held. Toy drives have been very challenging. So it’s been quite impactful on our financial bottom line.”

Toys Toys Toys:  November 23, 2020, “Peace Arch News”:

While the holiday season got off to a rocky start for the Surrey Christmas Bureau, the magic is now alive and well inside the walls of their new home.

A new toy depot site was secured in October after it was discovered thieves had destroyed the old Stardust building they previously operating out of along City Parkway. (click link above to read more)

Empty Stocking Fund: Grandparents, grandchildren helped by Surrey Christmas Bureau for first time November 28, 2020 “The Province” (click link above to read more) 

Two grandparents and their two grandchildren have been helped bySurrey Christmas Bureau, which helps around 2,000 families a year.

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