A holiday program aimed at helping those in need has launched at Envision Financial’s South Surrey location.
It is the third year for the Angel Tree program, in which members of the public are invited to take an angel ornament from a decorated tree in any participating branch and return it with a new, unwrapped gift for the child, youth or senior that the angel represents.
There is also the option of selecting a tin-can ornament and returning it with a non-perishable food item or cash donation.
All of the gifts and donations collected by Dec. 8 will be delivered to a non-profit agency or Christmas bureau.
“The statistics really speak to the need for this program,” said Susan Byrom, manager of corporate citizenship at Envision.
“One in five children in B.C. live under the poverty line and this year alone, B.C. food banks served over 28,000 kids.
“By participating (in the Angel Tree program), local residents have the opportunity to make the holidays brighter for families, children and seniors in our communities.”
Last year, the Angel Tree program collected 600 Christmas gifts.
Envision has created a video to share the Angel Tree message. For every view (www.youtube.com/envisionfinancial), Envision will donate $1 to the program, to a maximum of $10,000.
Those funds will then be distributed to the program’s community partners.
In Surrey, those partners are the Surrey Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Food Bank.