The SHARE Society provides family and community services to those of us who live in the Tri-Cities. Their programs include English practice groups, parent and tot drop-ins, addiction services, counselling and a food bank. At this time of year, they are especially active, ensuring that everyone – especially those in need – has a happy holiday. Last year, 1800 Tri-City registered for a Christmas Hamper and 2200 children received toys. They expect that they will see just as many people this year. In approximately two weeks’ time, they will begin packing Christmas hampers. If you want to help a family this Christmas, now is the time to make your donation of toys or food.
SHARE’s Christmas List
Here’s what SHARE is hoping for this holiday season:
- Toys – There are two age groups where the most toys are needed. Gift ideas for babies and infants include clothes, board books, and soft toys. Tweens (ages 9- 12)like jewellery, hair accessories, watches and remote control vehicles. Please leave your donation at the SHARE Tree beside the Gift Wrap booth on Coquitlam Centre’s upper level.
- Food – 1800 canned hams and cans of cranberry sauce will be needed for SHARE’s Christmas hampers, followed by thousands of cans of fruit, vegetables, meat and fish; thousands of jars of peanut butter, jam, spaghetti sauce and tomato sauce; thousands of packages of pasta and rice and boxes of juice and cereal. Your donation can be dropped off at any local grocery store.
- Caring Neighbours – Through the Caring Neighbour Program, SHARE offers a more personalized alternative for groups who wish to support a local family. You will provide your family a food hamper worth approximately $50 per person – so a hamper for a family of four should be valued at approximately $200. In addition, you may provide a toy for each child in the family (although not all families have children – you may, for instance, be asked to sponsor a senior in need).
SHARE Holiday Events
To help support their work this holiday season, SHARE is running a variety of holiday fundraising events. Here are some upcoming highlights:
- Wrestling with Hunger – Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling Club in Port Coquitlam will Wrestle with Hunger at Hyde Creek Centre on November 26 from 8:00-10:30pm. Fans are encouraged to bring a food donation. ECCW will donate $2 from every ticket sold to the SHARE Food Bank. www.eccw.com
- Jingle Bell Jog – The first annual Jingle Bell Jog (5km) and Reindeer Run (1km) happens on December 4. Wearing their red technical t-shirts and Santa hats, over 200 runners will run from Coquitlam Centre around Lafarge Lake and back. The Reindeer Runners will run around Coquitlam Centre in their antlers and reindeer noses. www. runnersden.ca
- Under the Christmas Tree – From December 2-17, Table23 comedy presents two Christmas improv shows at Second Storey Theatre in Port Coquitlam. There’s a kids show for all ages, and a PG-rated evening show. secondstoreytheatre.com
- CKNW Food Bank Fill Up – On December 13 CKNW will broadcast from Save-On Foods in Coquitlam from 3:00-7:00pm. Drop by the store with your food donation to help provide 1800 amilies with Christmas hampers.
- Holiday Train Winter Festival – The CP Holiday Train rolls in to Queenâ€™s Street Plaza in Port Moody with John Valdy and Tracey Brown, two popular Canadian singers to entertain. The festivities begin at 4:00pm on December 17 with hot chocolate and chili available by donation, carolers, an enormous bonfire and more. The Holiday Train will roll in at 5:45pm so come down early and enjoy the fun.
The holidays don’t last forever – but the need does. So as you give to help the less fortunate in our community over the holidays, think about what you can do to support SHARE in its work all year-round. Whether volunteering, donating, or shopping in their thrift store, they need your support to offer support to our community.