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Make wishes come true with Richmond Christmas Fund

Don Fennell   Nov-14-2017

The annual Christmas Fund Drive-Thru Event is Nov. 24 at River Rock Casino Resort.

Photo courtesy Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives


Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives invites you to help make holiday wishes come true.

This Christmas season is the perfect time to create memories that will last a lifetime, and contributing to the Richmond Christmas Fund is a great way to help make them happen.

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This week, book lovers of all ages can share their passion for reading with those less fortunate. For most every purchase between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday at Indigospirit at Richmond Centre, 15 per cent will be donated to the Richmond Christmas Fund.

Then from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, the third annual Richmond RCMP Toy Drive and Pancake Breakfast returns to Ironwood Plaza.

Promising to be bigger and better than ever, new, unwrapped toys donated to the Richmond Christmas Fund will be stuffed into an RCMP squad car, with the goal of filling it up. Your donation of a toy, book or a minimum $5 cash donation will also entitle you to a gift—a free pancake breakfast.

For the first time, the Richmond Public Library is also participating in the event, reading holiday-themed children’s stories.

And there’s even talk Santa will be showing up.

The RCMP Toy Drive is supported by the Rotary Club of Steveston, McDonald’s, Save-On-Foods, Coast Capital Savings, Canadian Tire and Tim Hortons.

Other upcoming fundraisers include the Richmond Auto Mall’s Windows of Hope on Nov. 21, the 2017 Christmas Fund drive-thru event Nov. 24 at River Rock Casino Resort, the Christmas Classic car cruise on Dec. 3 through Steveston Village, Shopping Night at Splash Toy shop Dec. 7, and the 11th annual Victor Ghirra Toy Drive Dec. 16 at Riverside Place Banquet Hall.

This year, gift wrapping in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund will be held exclusively at Lansdowne Centre shopping mall. From Dec. 9 to Dec. 24, volunteers at the gift booth will wrap your present with the skill of Santa’s elves in exchange for a donation to the fund.

People coming together in support of those who need a little help over the Christmas season reflects the kind of generosity synonymous with Richmond, says Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives general manager Jocelyn Wong.

“That’s the key for me,” she says. “It showcases what we’re here for. We’re not a national organization, we are a program started by a community member (Ethel Tibbits) who saw a need in our community. It continues to grow 85 years later.”

While Wong obviously wishes there wasn’t such a need, she appreciates the fact that every year people step up to volunteer, or support the Richmond Christmas Fund, in another way.

“That brings so much joy and warmth to my heart,” she says.


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