On Christmas Day, after the stockings are open and the turkey heads into the oven, there is a group of dedicated community volunteers that hits the streets to make sure everyone gets some holiday cheer as a part of the Whalley Santa Cause.
Whalley Santa Cause
Where: Gateway Skytrain Station, 13401 108 Ave, Surrey
When: Monday, December 25, 2017 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
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Now in its 7th year, the Whalley Santa Cause has been collecting donations of toiletries and personal hygiene items. On Christmas Day, they will meet at Gateway station to walk around the neighbourhood to hand out the hampers, jackets, sweaters, and socks.
Last year they had their biggest turn out, with 45 volunteers delivering boxes and bags full of toiletries and winter clothing to those living in tents along the Whalley Strip.
- New personal hygiene items such as deodorant, tooth brushes, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes, socks, sweaters, scarves and gloves.
- This year they are also looking for 2nd hand sweaters, scarves, mitts, brand new socks and underwear. Gently used winter jackets for the people they will see outside on Christmas Day.
Volunteers must be over the age of 16, as they are dealing with addiction, homelessness, active drug use and prostitution on the streets. Contact Whalley Santa Cause founder Erica Beckstead for more information and to sign up to help. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.