Christmas volunteering, toy drives, food banks in Vancouver – Vancouver Is Awesome


Gift giving season is upon us, whether that gift is to a loved one or a stranger.  

While the holidays are a time for gathering with friends and loved ones, taking in the many twinkling lights and festivities around the city, the season is also a time for giving back to the community.  

Fortunatley, there are many ways to lend a merry helping hand.  

Those looking to volunteer or donate to those in need over the holidays can look to these charities and causes around Vancouver:


Salvation Army Toy Shop and Toy Drive

Salvation Army Boundless Vancouver is operating a Christmas Toy Shop and Toy Drive this year, and they’re looking for volunteers. Locals can participate at the Plaything Shop as elves or from behind Santa’s Desk, or help manage  the toy drive.  

Whalley Santa Cause

Though this volunteering opportunity isn’t within Vancouver, it’s a good cause to participate in. Be someone’s Santa this year and hand out Christmas hampers filled with winter clothing and toiletries to Surrey’s  unhoused folks on Christmas Day.  

Food banks and toy drives

Charlie’s pet food bank  

This local dog food bank provides free and low-cost pet services  for  homeless, low-income, and senior pet owners in  the particular Downtown Eastside, from family pet food and litter boxes in order to grooming and spaying/neutering. They welcome pet supplies and other donations.  

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

This holiday charity provides kids plus teens in need with meaningful gifts. Those looking to make a child smile can donate unwrapped new toys, gift cards, or anything on the bureau’s wishlist.  

Dilawri BC Charity Drive

The automotive group will be holding its annual food and toy drive in support of BC Children’s Hospital and the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Simply bring a donation of food or toys to any Dilawri BC dealership between Nov. 21 and Dec. 3.

Vancouver Firefighter Charities

This year’s toy drive is taking place at participating London Drugs stores around Vancouver on Dec. 8. The charity is also holding a fundraiser Christmas breakfast on Dec. 14 to raise money for toys for kids.  

Dreams On Wheels

This  charity helps provide kids in need with toys and tablets and  is usually holding its annual toy and tablet drive in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation on Dec. 3 this season.  

Monetary donations 

Cause We Care

Give  single mothers around Vancouver a  holiday hamper. Each care package comes in a Herschel backpack and includes a grocery store gift card, hot chocolate, tea, cookies, treats, and a warm accessory. The packages are delivered to non-profits across Metro Vancouver and distributed to single mothers.

YWCA Presents associated with Peace

Local people can support  a single-mother-led family or a youth upon low income with a grocery gift card or individual gifts.  

Snowball Fight for Kids

This virtual snowball fight powered by donations is helping to fund vital equipment, life-saving research, and  care for kids across B. C.

Blanket BC

The local non-profit  collects and distributes blankets and warm clothing to shelters, families in need, emergency services, First Nations, and Indigenous communities across Vancouver. Their goal is to raise  $23, 000 by Jan. 1, 2023, through their online fundraiser.

Item donations

Covenant House Hope for the Holidays

Support youth experiencing homelessness through donations and help fill a backpack with necessities with regard to youth aged 16 to 24 years old. Drop-off for these donations is available until December. 16.

Lookout Society

Donate toiletries, clothing, and other items to support those experiencing or even at risk of homelessness. Donations are packed into  personal care kits, shelter-to-home kits, or distributed as winter contributions to stay warm in the cold.  

Hanukkah Hamper

The program was created by Jewish Family Services for people in the community to support families in need to celebrate Hanukkah. Donor families are usually matched with an anonymous recipient family and can put together a hamper based off of information about the family.  

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