Wishing You a Happy New Year!

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Dear Friends,

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services thanks you for your generous contributions this past Christmas and throughout 2015.  Your ongoing commitment allows us to reach out to those in our community who need it most.  Click here to learn more about our programs and services!

We look forward to a continued partnership throughout 2016 and encourage you to follow us on Twitter or sign up for our Newsletter.  You may wish to visit us online occasionally for current and upcoming volunteer and donor opportunities.  For more information, please contact us at 604-872-7676 or email info@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

Have a Happy New Year!

Ways To Help This Christmas

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Dear friend,

Generations of Canadians have made donating to The Salvation Army their favourite way to help suffering individuals and families during the holidays. And it’s a wonderful Christmas tradition…

Children who would otherwise be overlooked get to experience the wonder of opening gifts of toys and clothes on Christmas Day. Families who are struggling to make ends meet receive food so they can share together in a festive holiday meal. The most vulnerable among us are welcomed in to share in the joy of the season.

But Christmas cheer is just a small part of what we provide. Through the generosity of caring people like you, The Salvation Army is meeting core human needs and bringing hope and restoration to those who need it most.

Will you keep the tradition going?

Please support our Christmas Campaign and give hope today by participating in one or more of the methods below:

1. Host a Christmas Kettle between November 12 – December 24, 2015! Gather family, friends, business colleagues together, or by yourself go for a few hours, a day, or several to spread holiday cheer in the community while collecting donations to support Salvation Army programs and help others in need. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Kettle Host Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com. To Host or Donate to an Online Kettle, visit www.fillthekettle.com, where you can also create your own friendly office competition against other departments or agencies!

To download a copy of our 2015 Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

To download a copy of our 2015 Group Volunteer Kettle Host Application, click here!

2. Volunteer! Between November 16 – December 24, 2015, gather family, friends, or business colleagues together for a few hours or a day of packing toys for children and team building, or help us to unload and sort Toy Mountain on the eve of December 11, 2015! Individual volunteers are also needed to assist in the process of registering families for Christmas Assistance. To begin, please complete the appropriate Online Volunteer Application and email to volunteer@salvationarmyvcfs.com.

To download a copy of our Volunteer Application, click here!

To download a copy of our Group Volunteer Application, click here!

3. Donations by cash or cheque are accepted by mail or in person at The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8. Or donate online by visiting our Online Donation Site. Be sure to designate your gift to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services Christmas Assistance Program. Or donate by texting “HOPE1000” to 45678! A $5.00 charge will appear on your next mobile phone bill.

4. Purchase and deliver new, unopened toys to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Toy Drive! Encourage your colleagues to collect new, unopened toys, gift cards, or children’s clothing and allow us to distribute. Currently, we are in great need of gift cards for teens age 13-15, i.e. Cineplex, Indigo, Old Navy, H&M, Winners, Best Buy, Walmart, etc. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off before December 24, 2015.

Please note, we are no longer able to offer the traditional Adopt-A-Family Program and facilitate meetups due to updated client confidentiality and privacy regulations, along with both client and donor security. We value your contributions to the community, and hope you continue to support us and the program recipients throughout this transition.

5. Collect essential toiletries and supplies such as: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, feminine hygiene products, socks, gloves, scarves, toques, blankets, new clothing along with other goodies such as chocolate treats and candy for The Salvation Army to distribute to both homeless and at-risk individuals living in Vancouver. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8, before December 24, 2015.

6. Purchase and deliver new, unopened, non-perishable food items to The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services, 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4B8 or hold an Office Food Drive! Currently, we are in great need of: peanut butter, rice, macaroni & cheese, dry noodles, and canned soup, beans, vegetables, fruit, tuna, and meat. These items will be distributed to families in need of emergency food both at Christmas and throughout the year. Email donate@salvationarmyvcfs.com or phone 604-872-7676 to schedule drop off.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

God bless you!

The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services

Visit us online at www.salvationarmyvcfs.com

Zipline Rides at QE Park Raise Funds for Toy Mountain

IMG_0387Tuesday, August 18th – In support of Toy Mountain 2015, CTV Vancouver teamed with Greenheart International Development Corporation FlightLinez Vancouver.  100% of the proceeds from the zipline rides through Queen Elizabeth Park were generously donated to The Salvation Army to provide aid to families facing serious life challenges.

(Photo: Executive Director, Major Russ Holland, takes flight)

6th Annual Backpack & School Supply Drive

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Each fall, many parents struggle to equip their children with the proper supplies to begin the school year.  Therefore, each summer we aim to ease this stress for families living in Vancouver and Burnaby by distributing backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in Grades 1-12.  To donate school supplies, please drop donations off at 3213 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC during business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:00PM) or click here!  Supplies needed include:  pens, pencils, pencil crayons, markers, sharpeners, erasers, rulers, glue sticks, duotangs, paper, and backpacks.

‘Growing Your Own Hanging Garden’ with Carefree Greenery Ltd.

IMG_1843Thursday, July 16 – A BIG thanks to Don Mitchell and Merrilee York of Carefree Greenery Ltd. for demonstrating how to construct a hanging garden using a plastic bag, and fertilizer, along with tomato and marigold plants. The ‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’ Community Gardening Club workshop demonstrated to its 20 participants that an accessible garden can be conveniently grown in your own kitchen, living room, or balcony, etc.  Participants continue to learn healthy and affordable ways to produce their own food each week.  Call 604-872-7676 or email communitygarden@salvationarmyvcfs.com for registration details!

Help Change a Life—Send a Child to Camp

ImageProxy.mvcSummer is here and Salvation Army camps are gearing up to provide vulnerable children with the time of their life.  Just one camp experience can change a child’s life forever.

Kids learn valuable, life-long lessons at camp.

“There was more to camp than just fun and games. Rock climbing and three-day canoe trips taught me the value of teamwork.” —Tom

At camp, kids gain confidence and self-esteem by learning new things.

“Canoeing and rock climbing made me feel good about myself.” —Kyle

Not all families can afford to send their children to camp.

“Camp is the only vacation I’ll get.” —Rebekka

Camp provides kids with three meals a day.

“I’m a big fan of the spaghetti and meatballs.” —Julia

“I had six glorious days of food.” —Mike

For over 115 years, The Salvation Army has provided camping programs for children in need. More than 4,000 children attend Salvation Army sleep-away and day camps each summer.

Every child should have the opportunity to experience summer camp.  Click here to help give a child the joy of attending camp. Your donation will have a lasting impact on a young life full of potential.

Camp Information
For more information about Salvation Army camps across Canada, click here.

‘Growing Your Own Food Bank’

IMG_2017A BIG thanks to Vancouver Coastal Health – Healthy Living Program  for approving a $4,000.00 grant to help support our Community Gardening Club and `Growing Your Own Food Bank’ initiative.  The project is scheduled to operate from June, 2015 to May, 2016 and aims to secure fresh produce to low-income families.  Through promotion and education, our goal is to enable participants to maintain a garden of their own, make healthy choices, and live a more sustainable lifestyle.

YWCA Youth Give Back To Community Through Food Drive

foodCaptureA BIG thanks to the grade 7 students of Sexsmith School enrolled in the YWCA‘s after school programs ‘Welcome To My Life‘ and ‘Boys For Real!’  Leaders Amanda and Annina challenged the group to coordinate a community service project that allowed them to give back to the community.  The group chose to organize a food drive for The Salvation Army Vancouver Community & Family Services ‘Emergency Food Assistance Program:’ Food hampers are available to low-income families with children under 19, living in Vancouver and Burnaby.  Eligible families are able to receive this service during an emergency, or once every 90 days (maximum 3 times per year).  Hampers usually consist of items, such as: soup, beans, peanut butter, tuna, vegetables, fruit, macaroni, rice, instant noodles, bread, cheese and margarine (quantities depend on family size).  Call 604-872-7676 to schedule an appointment.  Please note that this service is not a food bank.  Instead, its aim is to provide families with enough food until they receive their next income or visit the food bank (for more information please phone 604-876-3601 or visit www.foodbank.bc.ca).