Adopt-a-Family at the Surrey Christmas Bureau

Comments 4 by Rebecca Bollwitt

A post on Twitter yesterday asked: “Interested in volunteering or adopting a family this Christmas?” If so, the Surrey Christmas Bureau wants to hear from you.

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The Surrey Christmas Bureau assists hundreds of low-income families with children under the age of 16. Through the Hamper and Adopt-A-Family programs these families receive food certificates, toys, gifts, warm clothing and household items. In addition, the Bureau matches sponsors with nearly 250 families who have children with unique challenges and considerations.

Halloween hasn’t even passed but with less than two months until December 25th, but this is worth considering right now. You can help by being a volunteer or signing up for the Adopt-a-Family program. Sponsors are asked to provide a Christmas breakfast, lunch, and dinner for their adopted families as well as gifts. It’s also recommended that sponsors include a stocking with a small or medium sized gift inside as well.

If you participate as a family, your kids might find the most interest in making up a stocking for another child. If “giving” is your favourite part of Christmas or holiday traditions, this is a perfect activity for you, and it will make a difference.

All resources for becoming a sponsor are available online (by way of PDF downloads) or you can call (604) 585-9670. Follow @SurreyChristmas on Twitter for news and updates.

4 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. ChristineThursday, October 27th, 2011 — 12:10pm PDT

    Does anyone know of a similar program in Vancouver? I’d like to donate in my own community.

  2. ChristineFriday, November 4th, 2011 — 10:47am PDT

    YWCA Vancouver has a similar program for families throughout Metro Vancouver.

  3. Adera DevelopmentTuesday, December 20th, 2011 — 9:32am PST

    We saw your post about adopting a family through the Surrey Christmas Bureau so we went ahead and registered for the program. Instead of Secret Santa, we all chipped in to purchase gifts and food for our family. It was an amazing experience and extremely easy to do. This will be our new tradition going forward – adopting a family every holiday season so that another family can enjoy Christmas. Thanks for posting this!

  4. Kim BlockSaturday, October 13th, 2012 — 3:35am PDT

    I would like to know where I may go to put my family on some sort of Christmas help list? A friend suggested your website but I see you are asking for volunteers etc. not taking applications from families looking to be adopted. I was hoping maybe you have some information on where I may go? What I need to do? Who I need to contact?
    Thank you for your time
    Kim Block

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