If you’re looking to channel pandemic fatigue or frustration into something positive, consider donating a new toy to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau this week.
The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau is needing to rethink how it supports families this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and the organization is hoping a drive-thru toy drive is the solution.
“Many of our large annual events have been cancelled or scaled back due to COVID-19,” said LMCB president Susan Levang.
“In a year where there is tremendous need, this week’s two-day Toy Drive at the PNE is incredibly important.”
The LMCB supports an average of 1,000 families each year and co-ordinates with 40 other bureaus and agencies across the region to provide support and distribute more than 145,000 items. The LMCB also gifts nearly $70,000 in grocery gift cards to families in need.
To comply with local health guidelines and ensure a COVID-safe way to collect donations, the LMCB is pivoting this year to a drive-through toy drive.
“This event was developed with the guidance of Vancouver Coastal Health in order to adhere to all COVID-19 best practices and protocols,” said organizers in a statement.
The event will allow the LMCB is receive monetary donations or donations of new, unwrapped toys. The toy drive will be hosted on the PNE grounds on Nov. 12 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Nov. 13 from 6 a.m. to noon.
Every vehicle to come through the toy drive will receive two free cups of coffee and a bag of mini doughnuts as a thank you, made possible thanks to a substantial donation from the Jim Pattison Group. The donation will also offset the hard costs of hosting the toy drive.
To reserve your donation drop-off time, visit www.ticketleader.ca . Vehicles can enter the site just west of the Playland main entrance on Hastings Street.