LMCB Spring 2019 Update

We would like to share some heart-warming stats to launch into Spring season. 

The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau has improved and succeeded in our efforts to connect with more agencies this year. Product donations were shipped to 64 agencies since the start of our fiscal year in June 2018, in addition to the 929 families the LMCB directly helped in Vancouver through our Christmas Assistance Program.

We are grateful for all the donations we received, and our team and volunteers had a blast sorting through all the gifts and toys for children and teens in need. Thanks to our donors and supporters generosity, we have distributed over 103,000 items across the lower mainland so far and are continuing to do so.  

The LMCB is truly appreciative and in awe of our amazing community of volunteers!  More than 2,200 hours of volunteer hours have been contributed at the bureau and our events to make our work and mission possible.

We look forward to continuing our work into the warmer months and spending time in the warehouse accepting and sorting product donations.

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays! Our Christmas 2018 in Review

Over 3,200 people helped through our Christmas Assistance Program

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Our LMCB hard working staff team and generous volunteers wrapped up our final day of registration for our Christmas assistance program for the 2018 holiday season.  We served over 900 families with a total of over 2,000 children in Vancouver this year and shipped many tens of thousands of gifts across the lower mainland.

Thank you to everyone for their support and contributions! You helped make Christmas brighter and happier for so many people across the lower mainland.

The LMCB wishes everyone a safe, warm and Merry Christmas and a happy new year! Here are some highlights from the 2018 holiday season that we would like to share with you.

Please note that if you have gifts and toys you would like to donate after Christmas, our warehouse we be open again starting on January 2nd, 2019.

Coats for Kids

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A big thank you to the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) for running its 23rd annual Coats for Kids campaign from November 1 – 30 in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Christmas Bureau and the Surrey Christmas Bureau.

On Friday November 30, 2018, GVHBA members gathered at the GVHBA’s Christmas Wrap- Up Party to amplify their spirit of giving. The response this year was truly heartwarming with Metro Vancouver residents donating more than 6,000 items to 54 GVHBA member companies, who opened 67 drop-off locations in 16 municipalities across Metro Vancouver. We would also like to thank the GVHBA for their fundraising campaign and monetary donation.

Check out more photos of the event and wrap up party here.

Teddy Bear Toss

The annual Vancouver Giants Teddy Bear Toss Game returned this year on December 8th at the Pacific Coliseum. Stuffed animals rained downed onto the rink in the Vancouver Giants vs. the Victoria Royals.

See more: The Vancouver Sun Article: Teddy Bear Toss! at Vancouver Giants Game

Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast

The 31st Annual Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast was held on December 13th this year. We always have so much fun at this event and love seeing everyone who comes out to donate gifts for children in need. Thank you to the Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver, Global BC, and Rock 101, and all of our supporters.

TransLink Toys for Tots Reindeer bus

It is always a treat for the LMCB when Translink BC arrives with the Sparky the Elf and the special Reindeers buses filled with gifts to donate. This is the 33rd year of the annual Toys for Tots toy drive and 3,304 toys were donated to our warehouse on December 20th, 2018. Thank you to Translink and their dedicated team for your long time support.

By: Angela Lee

Announcing the 40th Anniversary of the Vancouver Motorcycle Christmas Toy Run

Join us for the 40th Annual Vancouver Motorcycle Christmas Toy Run, on October 7th, 2018, to fundraise for toys to give to kids in need. Entree fee for the Toy Run is a new toy wrapped in plastic. We encourage you to bring toys for kids from 0-18 years of age to donate and no stuffed toys, please. 

The Toy Run route starts at Coquitlam Centre, 9:30am, and ride through Coquitlam, Port Moody, Burnaby, and Vancouver and end at the PNE. Participants will receive a commemorative pin in exchange for their donation. We will also be accepting monetary donations at the event.

For any questions please contact us or our event co-organizer BCCOM.
604-580-0111

Help us spread the word and share the event on Facebook.

If you are interested in volunteering at our event please contact info@lmcb.ca.

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Helping Vancouver Families 2017

On December 6th, the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau opened its doors on another holiday season, welcoming families in need from across Vancouver to register to receive toys and clothes for their children. It was a busy lead-up to our opening day, with truckloads of donated toys arriving daily to our warehouse, and large shipments going out to the Christmas Bureaus in other municipalities across Metro Vancouver. New and returning registration and toy store staff worked like elves to help set up the registration office and toy store.

This year's awesome Toy Store and Registration Team.

This year's awesome Toy Store and Registration Team.

The LMCB depends not only on generous donations of toys and clothing to fulfill our mandate, we also rely on dozens of individual and corporate volunteers each year to support our toy drives, help in our warehouse, and serve clients in the toy store. For many years now, Rogers Communications has sent a group of volunteers the day before we open to decorate our toy store with wrapping paper, stuffed animals, ornaments and other items to help make the experience fun and festive.

Rogers Corporate Team 

Rogers Corporate Team 

Our 87th year registering families began with frost on the ground and a cool fog in the air. Both new and returning staff and volunteers worked hard to accommodate the many parents and caregivers who arrived early and lined up outside to register. While opening day had its usual (and unusual) bumps along the way, everyone pulled together and stayed in good spirits, and we ended up having one of our busiest opening days on record.

In total, we helped 976 families with children living in Vancouver, giving 2,082 children and 1,348 caregivers gifts and toys, clothes and stocking stuffers, and grocery store gift cards for a Christmas meal. It was a hectic but incredibly rewarding holiday season at the LMCB. 

Thank you to our many warehouse and Toy Store volunteers, Paladin Security Vancouver for providing our Toy Store with a security guard, and Paragon Communications for loaning us radios to keep our team communication strong during the registration season.

Last but not least, a heartfelt thank you to our seasonal staff. We had such an amazing team, all of whom assisted our clients with kindness, enthusiasm and compassion.  We are excited about 2018 and we wish everyone the very best this year ahead.

By: David Samis

Secondary Students Giving Back in the Lower Mainland

The Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau appreciates the kindness and care of students and teachers that share in giving back.

The North Shore News published an article about about students demonstrating service in the community. Students from Seycove Secondary are organizing donations to be dropped off at the Pan Christmas Wish Breakfast as well as activities with preschool kids at Lord Strathcona school and some residents of the Downtown Eastside at a community centre near Oppenheimer Park social justice classes.

Photo from North Shore News.  See article here:  CRIER COMMENT: Humanitarian holiday

Photo from North Shore News.  See article here: CRIER COMMENT: Humanitarian holiday

We are always amazed by the enthusiasm students bring in learning how they can make a difference. This season, we have two school groups booked to volunteer in our warehouse.

The first group will be from Prince of Wales Secondary, led by their teacher Ms. Lysanne Mak, have been working on a Christmas Angel project. They set up a Christmas tree in their school with LMCB Angel Tags to encourage students to bring in new gifts for children in need. As an extension of this project, they will also volunteer their time in our warehouse to help us count and sort all the stuffed toys from the Teddy Bear Toss, being held on December 17th, 2017. 

The second group will be coming from Matthew McNair Secondary School. Technology Education Teacher, Derek Wong, has reached out to organize a field trip for his students to drop off their hand-crafted wooden toys from their wood-working class. They are excited to donate their toys and items and spend their last day of school before the Winter Break volunteering in our warehouse to sort toys. It will be a fantastic experience for the students to learn more about how their contributions will make a difference to families and children during the holidays. 

By: Angela Lee

 

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau 2017 Registration

The holidays are fast approaching and registration for Christmas assistance for low income Vancouver families will be starting soon. 

Here at the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, our mission is to empower families in need to create Christmas experiences for their kids through the generosity of community. We do that by offering close to about a thousand families every December an opportunity to register with us to receive Christmas support.

Our volunteers and staff will personally handle applications as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to ensure qualifying applicants are included on the recipient list for this upcoming Christmas. We offer a one day registration process, where you can register and receive items right away if you qualify.

Families living outside the Vancouver area should contact their local Christmas Bureau to register as dates and locations vary.  

For more information on how to register and what documents to bring with you visit our Registration page

Please help us spread the word so that we can continue extending our reach in helping families and putting smiles on children's faces!  

If you would like to learn more about helping families by donating to the LMCB, please check out our Christmas Wish List.

Registration dates:  December 6th - 22nd, 2017

Hours:
Monday to Friday: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
One Saturday on December 16th: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Gearing up for Christmas with a bike haul

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Big Bike Donation

Thank you Paladin Security Vancouver!

We are giving a big shout out to Paladin Security in connection with Cadillac Fairview for supporting the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau (LMCB) as their charity of choice.

Frank Naso, from Paladin Security, helped organize a large donation of used bikes, from the unclaimed lost and found department, to be donated the LMCB. Frank also spent this morning personally helping us load these bikes to be transported to our warehouse.

We are excited to an inventory of this large haul! Our next step is to send these lovely bikes to our bike doctor and community partner, Dennis Baker from the Burnaby Lions Club, to be reconditioned.

Thank you to Frank and Paladin Security for their time and generosity! We look forward to finding appreciative homes for these bikes through our partnerships with the Christmas bureaus across the lower mainland.

By: Angela Lee

Motorcycle Toy Run 2016

A big THANK YOU goes out to all the wonderful volunteers, sponsors, and participants at this year's 2016 Vancouver Toy Run.  They continue to help this annual event be a success. There were approximately 2000 motorcyclist that rode in the parade from Coquitlam Centre to the PNE and $20,000 cash donated to help LMCB continue to support families in the Vancouver area during the Christmas season.  

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Gala 2015: The Jingle Bell Ball

On November 5, 2015, LMCB  celebrated 85 years of giving with a gala appreciation night.

Generous support of our sponsor representatives from many of the local Christmas Bureaus attended, as did other community partners; everyone whom attended had a very good time. The venue, food and entertainment were  amazing.  Our speakers had compelling stories of why and how the LMCB impacts them.

For our first  event of this kind, and our only 85th anniversary ever, it was a very successful event!

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Motorcycle Toy Run 2015

The 2015 Toy Run was a roaring success with over 3,500 motorcyclists. The event brought in cash donations in excess of $20,000 and 2,100 toys. We would like to than the hundreds of volunteers and sponsors including: the BC Coalition of Motorcyclists, Honda, Trev Deeley Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, Whalley Printers, McNeney and McNeney Barristers & Solicitors, the City of Coquitlam as well as Coquitlam Centre, where it all started, and the PNE where we had a resounding finish. As well we are grateful to the Cities of Burnaby, Coquitlam, Port Moody and Vancouver for enabling the event.