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Operation Christmas Cheer Aims to Help Local Seniors

We are thrilled to announce that 24 grants, totaling over $13,000, were provided to local community members through the Fall round of the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program. Through a partnership with the City of Abbotsford and the Vancouver Foundation, funds were provided to 24 projects that help community members stay connected during these challenging times.

One of the 24 projects, titled Operation Christmas Cheer for Abbotsford Seniors, aims to lift the spirits of isolated Abbotsford senior residents living in care homes by gifting them Christmas cards made by local kids. This project, created by the Volcz Family, received over 1,000 free card kit requests in less than 24 hours. In total 1,600 kits were requested, far surpassing their original goal of 300 kits. Within the kit contains all of the supplies needed for a local child to make a beautiful card for a senior. The kits contain supplies and instructions on how to make the card, an About The Artist profile and a stamped, pre-addressed envelope to an Abbotsford retirement home.

With this increased and unexpected demand, comes additional costs. Thankfully, the Volcz family reported that the community of Abbotsford has stepped up and provided the support needed to create the additional kits. Thanks to local organizations like the Abbotsford Police Department, RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Staples Abbotsford, The Moe Moe Effect, Nikki Bergstresser (Author), and other community members, the Volcz family has been able to put together all 1,600 kits. The delivery of the kits began November 15th and runs until November 30th.

To learn more about this project, check out the Operation Christmas Cheer Facebook page by clicking here.

To learn more about the Responsive Neigbourhood Small Grants program, click here.