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Christmas Express supports local charity


Karma classes for hospice Open Space Yoga is once again hosting candlelight yoga classes to raise money for the Delta Hospice Society and the South Delta Food Bank. Take one and a half hour slow flow yoga or hatha flow yoga by candlelight at the Ladner based studio (4880 Delta St.) by donation Dec. 20, 21, 22 or 23 at 6:30 p.m. Donate with cash or a cheque made out to the Delta Hospice Society or South Delta Food Bank. Door prizes from Open Space Yoga friends and suppliers will also be available. Owner Michael Rudd's candlelight yoga classes have filled up quickly in the past, so he encourages people to register soon. Call the studio at 778-858-9642 or visit



For the fourth year running, Tsawwassen's Chris Read is inviting the public to view his Christmas Express train display. Jim Kinnear photo

ne of the sure signs of the holiday season in South Delta got rolling earlier in December as Tsawwassen’s Chris Read flipped a switch and sent his Christmas Express trains down their tracks. It’s the fourth year running for the display that occupies a covered area at the side of Read’s home at 5850 16th Ave. It all started with just one, 100foot loop of track. This year the G-scale trains roll over close to 500 feet, looping in and around a host of tiny, festively lit buildings. Some them have their own special sound effects, such as the tiny, western styled saloon, complete with swinging doors and a piano player belting out the tunes. To get a look at the train set


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If you are purchasing festive greenery this holiday season, why not support a local highland dance studio? The Clarion Highland Dance Studio is selling fresh wreaths and swag made from fresh, aromatic materials. Wreaths are trimmed with pine cones and holly, and swags with fir, cedar, juniper, pine cones and berries. Both come crowned with a plaid bow for that special highland flair. Wreaths are $25 and swags $20 (or two swags for $36). Proceeds go to costumes, shoes and dance props for the studio. To place an order, contact Claire Forster at 604-943-3363.

The Ladner Community Kitchen will be hosting its second annual holiday dinner Dec. 13 at Ladner Christian Fellowship at 5545 Ladner Trunk Road (next to the Hong Kong Inn). Dinner starts at 5 p.m. The idea originated with local culinary instructor Jini Aroon who had noticed a need in the community. The kitchen is affiliated with the South Delta Food Bank, and provides refreshments (soup, sandwiches, muffins) to about 100 families who use the food bank each week. Aroon said the community has been extremely generous with donations for the kitchen, thanking all those who provided food donations and gave their time each week to prepare and serve food. Non perishable items can be dropped off at the South Delta Food Bank. If you want to donate perishables call 604-940-9355 or email jini_aroon@

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online there is a web cam available at Does he have a favourite part? “Oh, there’s a lot of pieces in here,” Read says, adding one of his favourites is a replica of the train used in the movie Polar Express. “But really, the whole thing is my favourite. I’m just a big kid at heart. What can I say?” Plus, there’s always something new added each year. “There’s tremendous detail. You probably won’t see it all,” says Read, adding wife Tracey is in charge of the decorating. “But the changes this year, it’s mostly electronics, stuff that’s behind the scenes.”

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Checking out how much is left on the fundraising goal for the new Delta Sport Development Centre is (left to right) Mark Friesen, executive director of the Delta Gymnastics Society, donor Geoff Chamberlain, Delta Gymnastics club coordinator Carlene Lewall, and a group of youngsters enrolled in gymnastics local programs. Of that, $500,000 is needed for new equipment to fill the gym. Contributed photo


he Delta Gymnastics Society is asking the public to help them fill their new gym for kids. Completion of the new Delta Sport Development Centre in Ladner is nearing—it's expected to open in the spring—and the Kids 1st Campaign is appealing the community to help fill the gym space at the facility, the new home of Delta Gymnastics Society. So far the campaign has raised sufficient funds to outfit the offices and functional elements of the facility, such as the security system, the phones, the administrative spaces and change rooms. The next step is to outfit the gym with the unique equipment that makes their programs possible. And with double the space there is a need to double the equipment. So why give to sport this season? “We believe sport is a great

activity for children and wanted to help provide kids in our community with a great opportunity”, said donor Geoff Chamberlain, who attended the recent visit to the construction site to update the campaign’s thermometer. With another $500,000 to raise for equipment and the deadline to order by the end of January, there is a sense of urgency to receive pledges soon. Gifts of any amount make a phenomenal difference. “While a tumble track for youngsters costs $6,500, a gift of $100 brings us that much closer,” said Doug Husband, the Kids 1st campaign chair. “All gifts over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. You can make your gift in this tax year, apply it towards next year or, in the case of larger gifts, you can spread it out over time.” While the walls for the new facility adjacent to the Ladner Leisure Centre are going up, Delta


5 gracious with care 6 community gratuities Ladner hair stylist Wade Gibson donates his tips to the Delta Hospice Society during the holiday season.

The Delta Hospice Society's Celebration of Life tree is one way to remember a loved one as Christmas nears.

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Gymnastics is actively working on plans to expand the activity programs. Bookings have started for school field trips for the spring in the new facility. Plans for a foundational academy for athletes from all sports are underway, and parents have called in anticipation of more class options for their toddlers, preschoolers, and youngsters with special needs. Said donors Deirdre and Doug Lewis, “Delta Gymnastics offers an environment where our children have fun, make friends, develop new skills, and learn to set goals and work towards them. The coaches and staff set a positive tone for the kids and older gymnasts inspire and encourage the younger ones. The life-long skills our children are acquiring will serve them well in whatever they choose to do.” For information on how to donate, call 604-943-0460, email

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Christmas Express has become a bit of a tradition Continued from p. 1 The train engines and rolling stock also needed a little freshening up. “They put on approximately 16 to 18 km per night. Those are real kilometres, so after four years some had to be rebuilt this year,” Read said. “It’s just wear.” What hasn’t changed over the years is the charitable commitment the display is dedicated with. While visiting Read’s home is free, he also accepts donations for the Food on the Corner group which delivers hot soups and sandwiches each Saturday to the needy and homeless on the Downtown East side of Vancouver. “They do a super job,” Read says. Food on the Corner president Rick Lewall says the money raised from Read’s trains is a vital part that helps keep the group running. “The money raised from last year’s train display, about $3,200, went towards refurbishing the truck we use to take the food downtown,” Lewall says. “It’s quite an old vehicle and needed some work. And the bal-

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ance was used to help with the day-to-day running of the program which has been delivering food every Saturday for the past 29 years.” Read said he was drawn to Food on the Corner because of the groundswell of support it receives from local volunteers who make the food, and businesses who contribute much of the supplies. Last year, 3,060 visited Read’s display which is open for view-

ing from dusk until 10 p.m. from now until Dec. 27. Expectations this season are that upwards of 4,000 to 5,000 will take in the sights, sounds and free hot chocolate and candy canes Read hands out, even on Christmas Day. “Yes, were open on Dec. 25,” Read says smiling. “We get people coming Christmas Day. They have their dinner and they come down. We’ve become a bit of a tradition.”

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adner hair stylist Wade Gibson does not usually accept tips. He hopes that by doing so, customers will pamper themselves a little more to boost how they feel about the way they look, such as by going for a bit more colour or coming in more often for a trim. But for the months of November and December he lets clients dig a little deeper into their wallets for gratuities he donates to the Delta Hospice Society.

“This is the time of year that everybody thinks about giving back, so it is a perfect opportunity to put a sign on my mirror to ask for donations,” says Gibson, who works at Evolutions Hair Salon in Ladner. “In the past years my clients have been incredibly supportive of my fundraising efforts. Last year people even stopped me outside of the salon to hand me money.” Gibson has volunteered at the Delta Hospice Society in the past.

The new hospice residence. Tyler Garnham file photo

After going through their training program, he volunteered to sit vigils with hospice clients. “I got a real understanding of what an incredible organization they are, how well run it is with so few staff, yet so many volunteers,” he says. Gibson says many of his clients have used the counseling services at the Harold and Veronica Savage Supportive Care Centre, and some have visited friends or family in the Irene Thomas Hospice Building. “I hear nothing but amazing things about the work that they are doing.” He adds that now that the new supportive care centre and hospice residence buildings are complete, many people don’t realize the society still needs to raise about $850,000 to cover its capital costs. Gibson has raised more than $5,300 for the hospice through his

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tips, and also donated to McKee House’s Christmas lunch for seniors. ‘Wade is such a wonderful example of how one person can make a difference," said says hospice executive director Nancy Macey. "We are so grateful to him for his generosity and willingness to continue raising awareness for Delta Hospice." To learn more about the Delta Hospice Society, visit To reach Evolutions Hair Salon, call 604-946-2887. —Kristine Salzmann

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At the Hospice Cottage Thrift Store, the Harold & Veronica Savage Centre for Supportive Care and the Irene Thomas Hospice, we feel the spirit of giving and receiving all year long. Each day we see the generosity of donors, store customers and many volunteers, who

each give in their own way to Delta Hospice, which in turn helps to make a difference in the lives of families, friends and neighbours. At this time of year, Delta Hospice invites people to make a charitable donation to the society which is tax deductable and helps to bring hope and comfort to those dealing with a life limiting illness, their families and friends. Donations are often made in memory of a loved one or in honour of someone for a gift for Christmas, a birthday, an anniversary or another special occasion. Our Celebration of Life Tree is another opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the love and memories that are shared at Christmas. Trees are set up in the new Harold & Veronica Savage Centre

for Supportive Care in Ladner (4631 Clarence Taylor Crescent) and the community is invited to write a name on a dove and hang it on one of the trees. Over the holiday season, the trees fill up with hundreds of doves. Each one holds a story of a life that was lived. Stories are shared between volunteers and families and information on grief and loss is available. Donations are ap-

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preciated but not expected. One hundred per cent of donations go towards care and comfort of our friends and neighbours who we support. We so often hear it is in giving that people receive the greatest joy. We wish that everyone finds their reason for giving and where it gives them the greatest joy. Nancy Macey is the executive director of the Delta Hospice Society.

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house. It’s not the kind of payment that creditors or retailers would understand. The central theme of Christmas revolves around a spiritual payment. Jesus came to make payment for our sin. The Bible teaches that all of us have sinned and made mistakes, and that we are held accountable by a just and holy God. Romans 3:23 states: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Then, the Apostle Paul goes on to write, “The wages of sin is death but the free gift of God is Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). So, just as in the legal system, someone had to pay for the crime. There is no justice unless a penalty is paid. The wonderful truth that is foundational to the meaning of Christmas is that Jesus came to make that payment. In an amazing transfer of guilt, “Jesus became sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5:21). He never became a “sinner” for He was blameless, but He was counted guilty before the courts of heaven. Meanwhile, His righteousness was transferred to all those who would believe in him. But the cost of this payment was high. That’s why He died on a cross. He submitted himself to the

most brutal of all methods of execution—Roman crucifixion. He gave His life. That was the currency used to pay for our freedom. Come January, wouldn’t we all wish that our favorite credit card company would phone and inform us that all of our holiday debt had been paid by someone else. We might ask, “Who would do such a thing?” We would be shocked. But that’s exactly what happened in a spiritual realm. Jesus paid our bill. It’s important for us to remember that Jesus didn’t remain a baby. He grew to be an influential Jewish rabbi. He rightly claimed to be the son of God. Then, at the appointed time, He gave His life so that men could live. So, maybe the next time you’re standing in line buying something that relates to this holiday season you’ll remember another payment; the payment that makes all of this worthwhile. Someone bought you and loved you enough to pay the ultimate price. You’re not alone. A savior is waiting to have relationship with you. That’s what Christmas is all about. Paul Johnson is the lead pastor at South Delta Baptist Church

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