Christmas has officially arrived – at the Surrey Christmas Bureau, anyway.
The charitable organization has found this year’s home, settling in the former Liquidation World building near 148 Street on 108 Avenue.
The bureau – which helps hundreds of local families in need during the holidays – often struggles to find an adequate, affordable space to set up shop. But this year, thanks to a local business, the repurposed 38,000-sq.-ft. Liquidation World is quickly transforming into a hub of festive activity.
“We really appreciate the generosity of GWL Realty Advisors in allowing us to use this very large and welcoming place as our toy depot,” said Surrey Christmas Bureau (SCB) coordinator K.C. Gilroy. “It will work well for registrants and donors alike.”
Last year, the bureau helped nearly 1,700 families, who received toys and gift certificates through the depot, or were sponsored through the Adopt a Family program.
SCB board chair Allan Keel said the sheer scope of the work the organization does requires a large space.
“We now have a well-located spot and can now get to work making sure as many kids as possible have toys for Christmas,” he said.
Registration begins Tuesday (Nov. 18) and continues until Dec. 4. Eligible families with children 16 and under can apply for assistance by bringing photo identification, all income information and proof of Surrey residency to the SCB toy depot, located at 14885 108 Ave. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information, or to make a donation, phone 604-581-9623.