The Season of Giving is Very Much Alive in Surrey
By Lacey Polack
It’s the holiday season. It’s a time for love, family and giving to a cause close to the heart. Local organizations are in full swing to make sure someone’s life and Christmas is a little brighter. With the many organizations throughout Surrey, here are just a few that you can contribute to help make a difference today.
The Surrey Christmas Bureau is a volunteer-run non-profit, charitable organization that works year-round to make sure the children of low-income families in Surrey have a memorable Christmas. From toys to stocking stuffers and even grocery cards, the amazing work this organization does for the community makes a world of difference. Last year alone, the bureau helped nearly 2000 families, with over 4000 children.
“It’s about having something to give and to share and spending quality time with your family.” said the bureau’s executive director, Lisa Werring.
The Bureau also provides Adopt-A-Family, a program that matches individuals, businesses, and other organizations with a family in need that has children under the age of 18. Each year they seek support from 1,000 sponsors so that every family and child in Surrey can celebrate Christmas.
The bureau is currently in great need for toys for Boys & Girls 10-12 such as Lego sets, Shopkins and arts & crafts supplies. Toys are also needed for Teen Ages 13-18 years such gift certificates to movie theatres, video games and stocking stuffer items. For a full list of items check out The Surrey Christmas Bureau’s Facebook page.
You can donate funds or unwrapped toys at their seasonal Toy Depot (Nov-Dec) at 6878 King George Blvd. (in the same complex as Pine Lighting on the south side of the building) or at Surrey Fire Halls. Financial donations are always greatly appreciated because it helps in purchasing the grocery gift cards for the families each year. If you’re looking to make an online donation visit their website: https://christmasbureau.com
For the latest updates, check out the Surrey Christmas Bureau’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/SurreyChristmas
Black Dog Rescue Society of BC in Surrey is a non-profit rescue group of volunteers based in Canada and Texas. For the past five years they have been saving dogs and puppies from high-kill shelters in Texas. Last year alone, they were able to save over 100 dogs from being euthanized. When you’re looking at getting a dog don’t go to a breeder, go to a shelter or rescue. Breeders play a huge role in the amount of dogs left in shelters. “They breed them and breed them and when they’re not these cute little things anymore, they dump them in the shelters or in the fields or they take them to the shelter to have them euthanized because they’re no good to them anymore.” says Founder, Cindy Archer. Black Dog Rescue Society’s “passion is to save dogs and place them in loving homes.” To see just how happy the dogs are to finally be adopted and find their forever home look for “Happy Tails”, both on their website and Facebook page.
Black Dog Rescue Society of BC
Jacks, Canine Rescue | Photo Courtesy of Black Dog Rescue Society
Black Dog Rescue Society goes “the extra mile to ensure that all dogs and puppies are healthy before being adopted. All dogs and puppies are vet checked before being transported and once again before being adopted.
They are also fully vaccinated, microchipped plus spayed / neutered.” If you’re unable to adopt, Cindy says, “Foster families are always needed. People that are willing to open up their homes from 3 weeks to 3 months.”
If you wish to donate and help contribute to finding forever homes for dogs in need this holiday season, you can donate to the Apollo Animal Hospital in Cloverdale under the name Black Dog Rescue or on the Black Dog Rescue website. The rescue is always in need of exercise pens for puppies, toys, harnesses, leashes and collars.
Gideon, Canine Rescue | Photo courtesy of Black Dog Rescue Society