Christmas Program

Society of Organized Services

Caring for Community at Christmas

The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas Program ensures local children and youth experience the magic of Christmas, and that adults and seniors also experience joy and dignity over the holidays.

With your help, we can make sure that local children and youth are filled with excitement when they wake up on Christmas morning and see a special gift waiting for them under the tree. SOS collects new toys to fill the Toy Shop, where low-income parents, grandparents, and caregivers can shop for free. With your help, families, adults and seniors receive local grocery store gift cards so they can choose their own food items to enjoy over the holidays. Together we’re ensuring they have a good meal to share. Together, we’re helping create magic.

During the 2020 Christmas campaign, SOS assisted 921 adults and seniors, and 1,017 children and youth received gifts.


The Angel Tree program helps stock the SOS Toy Shop. Visit a local participating business in November and early December and you’ll discover an SOS Angel Tree. The gifts listed on these Angels have been identified as “that one special gift” that a child or youth is hoping for. Purchase the gift listed on one of the Angel ornaments (or as close to it as possible), attach the Angel to your unwrapped gift and return it to the business location or to the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville to ensure it is included in the gift distribution. Please check back for a list of participating Angel Tree businesses in 2021.


Financial donations

Thank you for bringing joy to local residents this Christmas! Click on this link to make a donation with your credit card.

Alternatively, call 250-248-2093 during office hours (Monday-Friday 8:30 am -4:30 pm, closed for lunch from 12 pm -1 pm), or come by the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville during those hours, located at 245 West Hirst Avenue in Parksville. In order to ensure everyone’s safety, the number of people who enter the building will be limited. For your convenience, tax receipts for financial donations can be mailed, or we can issue the receipt at the time of donation drop-off (please wear a mask and do not enter the building if you are sick).

To drop off financial or toy/gift donations at our Qualicum Beach location (744 Primrose St. at Qualicum Commons) please call 250-752-2040 ext. 1 to ensure someone is there to let you in and receive your donation. Thank you!

Toy and Gift donations

Thank you for your support! Please check back in 2021 for instructions on how to make donations.


Please check back in November 2021 for registration information. 

Please remember to bring:

  • Photo ID for each adult (19 yrs+)
  • Proof of residency
  • Care Cards for minor children
  • Proof of income from previous month,
    such as a bank statement or government-issued document

(Click here for examples of acceptable Photo ID)


Please check back with us in 2021 for volunteer opportunities. Residents can make a financial or gift donation, or hosting your own fundraiser with the proceeds coming to SOS. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 251 for more information.


  • Please check back in 2021
Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 for more information about this program.


















SOS CHILD, YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS COORDINATOR Duties & Responsibilities: Coordinates and facilitates early years, youth & family group programs that promote engagement and positive development through strong relationship building with participants....


THRIFT SHOP OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR Duties & Responsibilities: Provides hands on supervision of all Merchandisers and Shipper/Receivers to ensure effective operations of the Thrift Shop. Maintains a high degree of organization to ensure an efficient flow of...


THRIFT SHOP SHIPPER/RECEIVER Duties & Responsibilities: Transports donations from loading bay to pricing/sorting room. Operates/assists on Thrift Shop truck.  Sorts, labels, and prices donations.   Qualifications & Skills:  Training and/or experience in...