At Notable, we’ve all but wrapped up our Christmas shopping and, admittedly, it feels like quite the relief. After a bit of reflection, we caught ourselves mulling over others in our Vancouver community who, rather than wrapping up gifts, are more wrapped up with concern for finding a proper meal or safe place to sleep.
We’ve done a bit of unbiased research and come up with a few suggested ways you can make a notable difference for those less fortunate during the holidays in Vancouver.
Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre is set to host its annual Christmas Dinner, providing a much-needed special celebratory meal for more than 450 women and children in one of Vancouver’s most at-risk neighbourhoods. They are looking for food, clothing and unwrapped gifts for women and children attending this worthwhile function. To learn more about what’s on their Christmas wish list and find ways to contribute click here.
Help disadvantaged youths and teens in need and support Vancouver’s Covenant House organization this season. They are looking for plenty of items to help make a difference in the lives of abused and suffering young adults between the ages of 16-24. Drop off clothing, gift certificates for groceries and restaurants, as well as any non-perishables, if you can.
Stop by and bring a smile to a senior resident in and around Vancouver this upcoming holiday season through the Senior Services Society. Oftentimes, some seniors are too sick or unable to attend festive family functions outside of their homes or care facilities and find themselves alone at this celebratory time of year. You can either donate gifts or decorations that are guaranteed to garner a smile and holiday cheer through this organization.
This Christmas, don’t forget our four-legged friends at your local BCSPCA shelter. At this time of year, it’s easy to get swept up with gift giving of the tangible kind. Throw Fido a bone, and more, by opting to donate funds towards food, toys, bedding or expensive medical provisions. Hint: gift your donation to the avid animal lover on your list and request an in-kind form to tuck into a card or stocking.
Last, but certainly not least, on our noteworthy list of ways to give back during the season of giving is Metro Vancouver’s YWCA Presents of Peace Christmas Hamper Donation drive. This is a great way to help a low-income family in need over the holidays. Spread some festive cheer by participating in this program where you’ll be paired up with a family’s individual “wish list.” Upon signing up, you’ll be given a list of items to shop for and deliver your ‘family.’ To learn more about how this hamper program works, click here.
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