Lisa Werring, Surrey Christmas Bureau executive director, outside the organization’s Toy Depot for 2018, at the former Stardust skating rink in Whalley. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Lisa Werring, Surrey Christmas Bureau executive director, outside the organization’s Toy Depot for 2018, at the former Stardust skating rink in Whalley. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

‘Urgent’ need for toys, cash at Surrey Christmas Bureau depot

A record 1,924 families registered with organization, at old Stardust site

With a record 1,924 families registered so far this holiday season, Surrey Christmas Bureau has issued an “urgent call” for donations of toys and cash.

The organization asks any businesses or families that have held – or plan to hold – toy drives to bring items to its Toy Depot as soon as possible.

This year, the depot is located at the former Stardust roller rink, 10240 City Parkway.

“We have already distributed toys and grocery vouchers to just over 700 families and have matched another 600 families with sponsors through our Adopt a Family program,” Lisa Werring, the bureau’s executive director, said in a release Tuesday.

“We still have well over 600 families, including over 700 children left to serve through the Toy Depot before we close on Dec. 22. We need toys for all ages, boys and girls, from infant to teen. Gift cards are welcome, especially for teenagers.”

The number of clients this year includes 4,356 children, more than 1,000 of those teenagers, Werring said.

She says “many folks like to extend their toy drives as long as possible, but we really need those toys on the shelves now. We never want any parent to feel like they are getting the last toy on the shelf.”

The bureau also needs cash donations to fulfill its grocery hamper program for families, she added.

“So many people are counting on us this year. Community champions are desperately needed to help us make Christmas merry for everyone.”

Toys can be dropped off to the Toy Depot from Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also, financial donations can be made through the organization’s website, christmasbureau.com, or at the depot.

• RELATED STORIES:

Surrey Christmas Bureau begins registering families for holiday season

VIDEO: Gingerbread village competition benefits Surrey Christmas Bureau



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

White Rock and Surrey RCMP – along with police forces across the province – have launched their holiday CounterAttack campaigns. (Contributed graphic)
White Rock, Surrey RCMP CounterAttack campaigns underway

Enforcement ramps up to remove impaired drivers from cities’ roadways

Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Judge finds Surrey RCMP breached two robbery suspects’ Charter rights

This was in connection with the robbery of the Ritecare Pharmacy in Surrey on Oct. 10, 2017

This year’s White Rock RCMP children’s clothing drive was the best yet, organizers say. (Contributed photo)
White Rock RCMP children’s clothing drive ‘best ever’

Month-long annual event wrapped up Dec. 1

Unlike Vancouver, White Rock doesn't have the power to remove landlord restrictions on renting to pet owners, the city's Housing Advisory Committee heard Nov. 25. (CNW Group/Canadian Animal Health Institute)
No relief expected for renters with pets in White Rock

Little chance of removing landlord restrictions, housing committee told

Art rendering of Surrey’s Legion Veterans Village. (Submitted photo)
Surrey’s Legion Veteran Village to get 91 affordable housing units, B.C. government says

Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing David Eby made the announcement Wednesday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s coronavirus situation at the legislature, Nov. 30, 2020. (B.C. government)
Hockey team brought COVID-19 back from Alberta, B.C. doctor says

Dr. Bonnie Henry pleads for out-of-province travel to stop

B.C. Premier John Horgan on a conference call with religious leaders from his B.C. legislature office, Nov. 18, 2020, informing them in-person church services are off until further notice. (B.C. government)
B.C. tourism relief coming soon, Premier John Horgan says

Industry leaders to report on their urgent needs next week

An RCMP cruiser looks on as a military search and rescue helicopter winds down near Bridesville, B.C. Tuesday, Dec. 1. Photo courtesy of RCMP Cpl. Jesse O’Donaghey
B.C. Mountie, suspect airlifted by Canadian Armed Forces from ravine after foot chase

Military aircraft were dispatched from Comox, B.C., say RCMP

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

Photo by Dale Klippenstein
Suspect tries to thwart police in Abbotsford with false 911 call about men with guns

Man twice sped away from officers and then tried to throw them off his trail

An 18-year old male southern resident killer whale, J34, is stranded near Sechelt in 2016. A postmortem examination suggests he died from trauma consistent with a vessel strike. (Photo supplied by Paul Cottrell, Fisheries and Oceans Canada)
“We can do better” — humans the leading cause of orca deaths: study

B.C. research reveals multitude of human and environmental threats affecting killer whales

A logo for Netflix on a remote control is seen in Portland, Ore.,Aug. 13, 2020. Experts in taxation and media say a plan announced Monday by the government will ultimately add to the cost of digital services and goods sold by foreign companies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jenny Kane
‘Netflix tax’ for digital media likely to raise prices for consumers, experts say

The government says Canadian companies already collect those taxes when they make digital sales

BIG SALMON ranch in Washington State. (Center for Whale Research handout)
Non-profit buys Chinook ranch in hopes of increasing feed for southern resident killer whales

The ranch, which borders both sides of Washington State’s Elwha River, is a hotspot for chinook salmon

Most Read