Christmas Season Giving

Posted by Donna Grocott on 2018 Dec 22nd


Dear Friends:

As a neighbourhood business, we are connected to a few giving projects around the North Shore. Like all families, the winter season is a time to offer support and love. There are some amazing opportunities to get your family involved whether it is through giving your time, money, or food donation. All are appreciated this time of year!

Last year, our lovely Grade 7 neighbour came and played her flute in front of our store and received donations over $160 in donations in a couple hours towards the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation!

Something simple, and yet, giving is something we can share with our children so that they feel like they have the opportunity to give back!

Offering to help someone: clearing the snow off of a retired couple’s walkway, picking up groceries for a sick friend, buying a pizza for the lovely local firemen, or dropping off Timbits to the emergency staff at Lions Gate Hospital, are great moments of connection and giving.

Partnering with a local organization is a great way to practice generosity. The Squamish Nation has some amazing people who offer support to anyone of any age on the reservation. These dedicated individuals are counsellors, therapists and teachers who offer their expertise in various forms allowing families to heal and grow.

The Harvest Project helps so many families who need assistance with food, clothing and offering toys to tots for Christmas. The North Shore Family Connexions Society has a vast array of programs for adults and children with developmental disabilities and offers a lifetime of support to families.

The North Shore Youth Safe House, licensed by Vancouver Coastal Health, run by the Hollyburn Family Services where they offer counselling, Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation, help for youth at risk of abuse, and more. North Shore Family Services is another wonderful community that helps through food baskets,
and offers therapy for a plethora of issues.

See below as we share our favourites and with humility offer their contact information for your family and/or business:

Love, Peace, and Joy this Season:

Donna & the tribe at BC Playthings

3044 Edgemont Blvd


Ayas Men, Child and Family Services: 604.985.4111 Contact: Kelly McReynolds
The Harvest Project: 604.983.9488
Lions Gate Hospital Foundation: 604.984.5785 Contact: Louise Campbell
North Shore Youth Safe House: 1.877.789/6884 Contact : Paul Butler
North Shore Connexions Society: 604.984.9321
North Shore Family