Caring for Community at Christmas

One Community Sharing Christmas

Caring For Kids at Christmas

The SOS Caring for Community at Christmas Program ensures our local children and youth have a magical Christmas, and that adults and seniors also experience some joy and dignity over the holidays.

With your help, we can ensure that when our local children and youth wake up on Christmas morning their faces will light up, because there will be a gift waiting for them under the tree. SOS collects enough new toys to fill its free Toy Shop where low income parents and caregivers can shop for free. With your help, all of our adults and seniors 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.

People can bring in monetary donations or new, unwrapped gifts to the SOS, year-round Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monetary donations help purchase grocery store gift cards for the families, individuals and seniors.

During the 2017 Christmas campaign, SOS assisted 1,146 adults and 1,248 children received gifts.

The SOS Toy Shop is often short on gifts for teens.Please click here for a list of ideas for teens and pre-teens. This year the Toy shop is also in need of new, unwrapped Lego, stuffed animals, craft items for pre-teens, toys for infants and gift cards for local stores and Woodgrove Mall.

Angel Trees

The Angel Tree program helps stock the SOS Toy Shop where parents, grandparents and caregivers can shop for free for their children. Visit a local participating business in mid-November and 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 to ensure it is included in the gift distribution.*Click here for a list of participating Angel Tree Businesses.(2017)

To Donate

Click on this link to make a donation with your credit card, or drop in to SOS in Parksville (245 West Hirst Avenue) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. New, unwrapped gifts are also gratefully accepted.


Registration to the SOS Christmas Program begins in November, 2018, and ends in early December. However, SOS will help people right up until Dec. 23 if they are unable to make the registration deadline. Adults must register in person at the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre in Parksville at 245 West Hirst Ave, between the hours of 9:30 am and 3:30 pm. Evening Registrations (5-7 pm) are available by appointment to individuals who work during the day. SOS will also accommodate working families for evening distribution through the Toy Shop.

Alternatively adults can register at the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre in Qualicum Beach at Qualicum Commons, dates and times to be announced.

Registration will also take place in Qualicum Bay at the Lighthouse Community Centre.

Please remember to bring:

(Click for examples)

Grocery Store Gift Card and Toy Distribution will take place in December at the SOS Child, Youth and Family Centre in Parksville.
For the convenience of clients without children living in Qualicum to Bowser, distribution of grocery gift cards will be scheduled for a date in December at Qualicum Commons.  


The deadline for volunteering in the Christmas program in 2018 is early October. There are a number of ways you can help, from sorting toys, decorating, stocking the Toy Shop, taking registration, Christmas baking and more.  A great time to sign up for volunteering for the Christmas program is Aug/Sept 2018. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 230 for more information. If you are interested in supporting the program in other ways, such as creating Christmas cards for seniors, hosting your own bake sale or fundraiser, or creating packaged baked items for some of our Christmas clients to take away, please contact the Marketing Coordinator at 250-248-2093 ext. 231. Click here for some ideas.

Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 for more information about this program.

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