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Christmas Fund registration opens Nov. 25

Martin van den Hemel   Oct-30-2017

Each year, with support from hundreds of volunteers and donors, the Richmond Christmas Fund helps brighten the holidays for low-income individuals and families. In 2017, those needing assistance can register for the program beginning November 25. More details are available online at

Photo courtesy Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives

Registration will soon open for a program that helps the needy during a very special time of year.

Richmond Christmas Fund registration begins Saturday, Nov. 25, with low-income local individuals and families getting a helping hand from the Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives program during the festive season.



While adults receive grocery vouchers so they can enjoy a holiday meal with loves ones, children will receive toys, books, and sports equipment while teens will receive gift cards.

“2017 marks the 85th anniversary of the Christmas Fund,” says Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives. “The program has been a part of the community since the 1930s, which is pretty incredible. It shows that Richmond has a long history of supporting our neighbours in need.”

Registration for the program launches Nov. 25 and will be held over four consecutive Saturday, with the last opportunity on Saturday, Dec. 16.

To qualify, individuals must bring picture identification, CareCards for all family members who are being registered, proof of residency in Richmond, and an original document showing they’re enrolled in an approved government income assistance program.

For a complete list of registration dates and times, and eligibility requirement and necessary documentation, visit or call 604-279-7035.

The Christmas Fund is a non-religious, non discriminatory program that is open to anyone who needs help getting through the holidays.

The program is supported mainly by community donations, as well as assistance from nearly 200 volunteers.

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