SURREY — While many of us are pondering what Halloween costume to wear, it’s already time for Surrey Christmas Bureau organizers to set their sights on where to set up its toy depot site.
The bureau is “desperately” looking for a place to call home for the upcoming holiday season, said co-ordinator KC Gilroy.
Families will begin registering for support in early November, but a space must be found first, she said.
“It is a major struggle every year to find an available single space, such as an empty grocery store, warehouse or open plan office, that is big enough for our operations,” Gilroy said.
Each year, the charity searches for an open-plan warehouse space, between 6,000 and 8,000 square feet, to use for two months. It uses the space to collect and distribute toys and gift cards.
In 2012, 4,800 local children received gifts, food vouchers, clothing and household items through the charity. Over 1,800 families are expected to register this year.
Gilroy said it seems harder than ever to find a space this year.
“We are always one step ahead of the bulldozer,” she said.
With Surrey growing at such a rapid rate, there are fewer usable warehouse spaces available each year, and more families that fall well under the poverty line and, therefore, become eligible for Christmas bureau support.
“The challenge is to set up enough in advance so families who need help know where we are,” Gilroy said.
“We are very grateful to the many generous building owners and developers who have supported us in the past. But for this year, the time needed to set up our toy depot is quickly running out.”
Call 604-581-9623 to help. Cash donations can be made by scanning this story with your Layar app or by going online to christmasbureau.com.
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