Members of the Christmas Bureau met with reps from Western Foods and Sooke Fire and Rescue firefighters for the bureau’s kickoff on Friday afternoon.

Christmas Bureau brings cheer to less fortunate in Sooke

The Sooke Christmas Bureau began gearing up for another busy holiday season last week

The Sooke Christmas Bureau began gearing up for another busy holiday season last week with the hope of filling bellies up and turning frowns upside down.

It’s doing it a little differently this year too, mixing up hampers with both turkey and ham, along with some goodies like pancakes and syrup for some Christmastime munching.

The volunteer-run service calls upon the community every year to help provide a traditional dinner with all the trimmings for Sooke’s less fortunate.

By adding half the portion of a turkey, the bureau also helps spread out the food supply to larger families as well, said Deb Schenk, Sooke Christmas Bureau chair. As for the produce, the organizers try to buy most it last minute so things are fresh.

The rest, such as canned goods and non-tangible items, are donated through the 10,000 Tonight event at Edward Milne Community School and through the Fill-a-Firetruck Run. EMCS’s event will run the night of Dec. 1, while the firetruck run is on Dec. 10, respectively.

Their efforts will also be helped by a $7,000 donation from the District of Sooke.

Last year, the Sooke Christmas Bureau and Sooke Fire Rescue raised $32,000 worth of food and donations, giving out 357 hampers and another 175 through Santas Anonymous for a total of 532 hampers.

So far, Schenk is confident the Sooke community will pitch in.

“Every year, Sooke shows us exactly what a great community we have by always pulling together,” she said.

Sooke residents can donate at any of the boxes around Sooke or can mail a cheque to P.O. Box 983, Sooke, B.C., V9Z 1H9.

The Christmas Bureau folk are also in need of volunteers between Dec. 16 and 18, so if you’d like to lend a hand, give a ring to 250-642-1534.

 

Just Posted

Province announces more improvements for Highway 14

$85-million project made possible through federal funding support

Wild Wise Sooke founder leaves post

Lush Cosmetics offers much-needed funding for the group

UVic partners with harm reduction groups to run a drug checking pilot project

The three-year pilot will allow people to test their drugs for fatal ingredients like fentanyl

Public asked to give feedback on proposed protection measures for southern resident orcas

Measures focus on key threats related to contaminants, lack of prey, noise or physical disturbance

Many teens unaware if they’re vaping nicotine or not

Health Canada survey finds many youth are unaware of the risks of using nicotine products

WATCH: Police call Happy Valley shooting an ‘isolated and targeted’ incident

One person in custody, another fled following crash on Kelly Road

Woe, Canada: Bruins down Maple Leafs 5-1 in Game 7

No Canadian teams left in Stanley Cup playoffs

Should B.C. parents receive money if they make sure their kids are vaccinated?

New survey looks at public opinion around government’s role in forcing immunizations

Music Monday to unite students across Sooke in song

Over 200 students will carol around town on May 6

B.C. men challenge constitutionality of Canada’s secret no-fly list

Parvkar Singh Dulai says he received a “denial of boarding” notification under the no-fly program last May 17

Murder on B.C. property didn’t need to be disclosed before sale, court rules

Buyer had tried to break contract after learning a man with ties to crime had been murdered there

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

B.C.’s largest Vaisakhi festival target of threatening Facebook post: Surrey RCMP

Police say they are investigating the posts on Facebook, after local MLA forwarded screenshots

Most Read