Caring for Kids at Christmas
One Community Sharing Christmas
The SOS Caring for Kids 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 2015 Christmas campaign, SOS assisted 1,184 adults and 1,151 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.
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.
Click on this link to make a donation with your credit card, or drop either SOS location (245 West Hirst Avenue in Parksville or 744 Primrose St, Qualicum Beach) 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 November 14, 2016, and ends December 9. 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 from 2 to 4 pm on Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 2016 at 744 Primrose St.
Registration will also take place in Qualicum Bay at the Lighthouse Community Centre on Nov. 2 from 10 am to 1 pm and on Nov. 16, Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 from 11 am to 1 pm.It is located at 240 Lions Way.
Please remember to bring:
(Click for examples)
Grocery Store Gift Card and Toy Distribution will take place December 14-21, 2016 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 is scheduled for Dec. 19 at Qualicum Commons.
The deadline for volunteering in the Christmas program in 2016 was Oct. 8, and training for those positions is already underway. However, 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.
If you would like to volunteer for the Christmas program in 2017 we'd love to have you! 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 next Christmas is Aug/Sept 2017. Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 230 for more information.
Please call 250-248-2093 ext. 229 for more information about this program.