Making spirits bright for all

Toy Tea returns to Peninsula to help families in need.

More than 300 toys were collected at last year’s Toy Tea.

More than 300 toys were collected at last year’s Toy Tea.

A group of Peninsula women are working hard to make sure that all children and teens in the community have something to look forward to Christmas morning, with their eighth annual Toy Tea, set for later this month.

The annual tea, to take place Nov. 28, serves as a social event for attendees – many of whom have taken part every year since its 2008 inception – that benefits women around the Lower Mainland and their families who are in need of a helping hand.

The local gathering was founded by Madeleine Allerton, who was involved in a similar event in Montreal for 13 years before she moved to the Semiahmoo Peninsula in 2006.

Participants gather for a few hours to enjoy Christmas music, tea, goodies – even a taste of sherry – at the event, where the only entrance fee is a new, unwrapped non-violent toy, which will be donated to Atira Women’s Resource Society.

Last year’s event, Allerton said, collected more than 300 toys, which were distributed to children and teens whose moms were in shelters having escaped domestic abuse.

“Every little bit helps,” Allerton said, noting that items for boys, as well as those for older children and teens, are in the highest demand.

And while Allerton acknowledged that not all the toy donations will stay within the Semiahmoo Peninsula – as Atira serves families throughout the Lower Mainland – she said that hasn’t been a deterrent for many of the local residents who take part.

“From my perspective, kids are kids,” she said. “It doesn’t matter where they are.”

In addition to collecting toys – cash donations and gift cards are also welcome – Allerton and her organizing committee are also gathering travel-sized toiletries, such as lotions, soaps and shampoos, which will be wrapped up into gift bags for the children to give to their mothers for Christmas.

Anyone who wishes to attend the Toy Tea is welcome to, Allerton said, noting festivities will take place Nov. 28 from 2 to 4 p.m., at Crescent Gardens Retirement Community, 1222 King George Blvd.

For more information on the event, email allerton26@gmail.com

Just Posted

A Grade 8 class at L.A. Matheson Secondary. March 2021. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
B.C.’s return-to-school plan good, but Surrey teachers hope there is room for adjustments

Surrey school district to receive $1.76M of the $25.6M provincial pandemic-related funding

Surrey Fire Service battled a dock fire along the Fraser River late Friday night (June 18). It was on Musqueam Drive, near Industrial Road, around 10:45 p.m. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Fire engulfs pier on Surrey side of the Fraser River

Pier has reportedly been unused for a long time

A mixed-use development with 69 market rental units and 10 commercial units is proposed for the 2300-block of King George Boulevard. (Thinkspace rendering)
Pair of South Surrey apartment proposals move forward

Council gives third reading to rezoning applications for market-rental and residential projects

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Cpl. Scott MacLeod and Police Service Dog Jago. Jago was killed in the line of duty on Thursday, June 17. (RCMP)
Abbotsford police, RCMP grieve 4-year-old service dog killed in line of duty

Jago killed by armed suspect during ‘high-risk’ incident in Alberta

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The George Road wildfire near Lytton, B.C., has grown to 250 hectares. (BC Wildfire Service)
B.C. drone sighting halts helicopters fighting 250 hectares of wildfire

‘If a drone collides with firefighting aircraft the consequences could be deadly,’ says BC Wildfire Service

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Most Read