Sunday, December 28, 2014

Mission Springs Brewing Company raised more than $3,000 to purchase toys for the Mission Christmas Bureau.  - Submitted
Mission Springs Brewing Company raised more than $3,000 to purchase toys for the Mission Christmas Bureau.
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Many local organizations, businesses and individuals have answered the call for help by the Mission Christmas Bureau.
“The community has really come together from every direction you can imagine, from youth sports teams and individuals to businesses and non-profit groups,” said bureau coordinator Phil Hope.
In the past two week, enough donations have been collected to fill most of the 600 hampers being distributed this year.
Two weeks ago The Record reported only 23 per cent of this year’s $130,000 goal had been reached. That number has jumped to 65 per cent with $85,000.
Last week representatives from Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Ltd., which owns Chances in Mission, brought in 450 pounds of items and more than $1,800 in cash to the bureau, while Cycling4Diversity riders collected enough food and gifts around Mission to fill five hampers this past weekend.
An anonymous donor also wrote a cheque for $5,000, said Hope, noting these were just a few examples of the kind of generous people and organizations that have come through the Christmas Bureau’s doors.
The amount of funds raised from last week’s Christmas at the Clarke benefit concert are not yet known.
“I want to thank everyone for responding,” said Hope.
But even as the last hamper is given out this week, the work Hope does with the Mission Community Services Food Centre will continue into January and throughout the year.
The number of people who registered for hampers this year decreased by about 100 compared to last Christmas, but the total receiving help from the Food Centre has increased by five per cent compared to last year, according to Hope, who is puzzled by the numbers.
“It’s troublesome,” said Hope, noting financial donations are always needed. To donate to the Food Centre, call 604-826-3634.

Friday, December 26, 2014


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Cycling4Diversity raises money

Cycling4Diversity Foundation Food Drive raised approximately $800 to 1,000 dollars on Dec 21st - Photo submitted
Cycling4Diversity Foundation Food Drive raised approximately $800 to 1,000 dollars on Dec 21st
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Cycling4Diversity Foundation Food Drive raised approximately $800 to $1,000 on Dec 21 as a small group or riders cycled throughout Mission stopping at about 50 homes for the Mission Christmas Bureau.
Cycling4Diversity executive co-ordinator Anne-Marie Sjoden said: "No family should never have to go without food, and that is what motivated us to participate in such a worthy cause. We would not have been able to do this without the kind folks that helped us out with the donations. And of course the riders and drivers the help transport the food to Phil Hope of the Mission Food Bank."
C4D members who participated were: Ken Herar, Elizabeth Lloyd, Erik Thiessen and Sabrina Giacometti-Thiessen.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cycling4Diversity collecting food for Christmas Bureau


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Mission-based cycling team collects for Christmas Bureau

Cycling4Diversity founder Ken Herar and a small team of cyclists will be collecting donations for the Mission Christmas Bureau this weekend.  - Carol Aun
Cycling4Diversity founder Ken Herar and a small team of cyclists will be collecting donations for the Mission Christmas Bureau this weekend.
— image credit: Carol Aun
A Mission-based group that promotes diversity in BC will be lending its name to help the Mission Christmas Bureau this year.
Cycling4Diversity (C4D) is about connecting with people, explained founder Ken Herar, who offered to help after ready an article on the Mission Christmas Bureau's struggle in this newspaper last week.
"This is a project we can undertake to make a difference," said Herar. "It's a beautiful thing when you can help someone."
A small group of riders will pedal through Mission streets Sunday afternoon to collect donations for the non-profit organization run by Mission Community Services Society.
A vehicle or two will accompany the cyclists as they collect the contributions.
Donors don't have to be home when the team rides by, said Herar. "They can leave the donation outside for us."
Anyone with a can or a few shopping bags full of non-perishable food to donate can call Herar to schedule a time for pick up Sunday. Herar can be reached at 604-615-2499 or cycling4diversity@gmail.com.
C4D was created four years ago to promote diversity and eliminate racism.