A mountain of donated plush toys await families at Deltassist’s annual Christmas Toy Depot. (James Smith photo)

Donations needed for Deltassists Christmas programs

Registration opens Nov. 4 for Deltassist’s annual Christmas food hamper and toy depot programs

Deltassist is gearing up for its Christmas programs, and they need your help to make sure every family in Delta gets to enjoy the holiday with food on the table and gifts under the tree.

Deltassist continues to rely on the overwhelming support of the community to meet the increasing needs of low-income families, seniors and individuals in Delta, and staff and volunteers are gratefully accepting donations of toys and food for their annual toy depot and Christmas food hampers.

This year’s toy depot will be held Dec. 10-12, and toys are needed for children from birth to 16 years of age. As always, the need is greatest for infants and teens.

Christmas food hampers will be delivered by local service clubs on Saturday, Dec. 21. Items most needed include breakfast cereals, canned ham and chicken, canned hearty meals (e.g. stew), peanut butter, rice, pasta and sauce, hot chocolate and cookies.

New, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at Deltassist’s North Delta office (9097 Scott Rd., open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) or Ladner office (#200 5000 Bridge St., open Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.).

Meanwhile, registration for Deltassist’s Christmas programs is set to open on Monday, Nov. 4. Applicants can register for a Christmas food hamper and attendance at the annual toy depot to select gifts for their children up to 16 years old.

To complete registration, Deltassist requires proof of residence in Delta, proof of income and CareCards for children registered for the toy depot.

Eligible families and individuals must apply in person at either Deltassist’s North Delta or Ladner office.

The deadline for registration for the toy depot is Friday, Dec. 6, and Christmas food hamper applications will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 13.

Deltassist has adjusted its eligibility criteria to reflect the higher cost of living, and the new threshold can be found at deltassist.com/community/deltassist-christmas-programs-information-and-registration.

For more information about Deltassist’s Christmas programs, visit deltassist.com/community/christmas-toy-drive-and-food-hampers, or contact Colleen Danes, Deltassist ‘s community services co-ordinator, at 604-594-3455 or colleend@deltassist.com.



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