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Delta Hospital Auxiliary volunteers thrilled with donation from Richmond shopping mall
Legion gives to food bank In the spirit of Christmas, Brian Elsey (left) and Harry Ratchford (right) of the Tsawwassen Legion present a cheque for $600 to Kent Nickerson (centre) of the South Delta Food Bank. The food bank is located behind Ladner Christian Fellowship at 5545 Ladner Trunk Road and provides assistance to people who live in South Delta and show evidence of low income. Donations of non-perishable food items may be dropped off directly to the food bank on Monday and Wednesday mornings, or via the church office Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cheques or cash may also be dropped off at the church office.
hen was the last time you hugged a Christmas tree— lights and all? Some volunteers at the Delta Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Thrift Store certainly did recently when a delivery of 40 of them arrived at the Ladner Harbour Centre location on Elliott Street which is open just through the holidays. The trees were a donation from Lansdowne Centre where they had been used in the Richmond mall's seasonal displays last year. "We chose to donate our trees to the thrift shop because though we didn’t need them anymore in the mall, we knew they would be used and enjoyed for many years to come in family homes," said Bronwyn Bailey, Marketing Director for Lansdowne Centre. "The Delta Hospital Auxiliary is a wonderful organization working toward a worthwhile cause and directly impacting the community. As a community shopping centre, it’s very important to us to give back to our local communities in every way
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Delta Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Thrift Store volunteers Robbi Schultes (left) and Margaret Phillips get to grips with one of the Christmas trees donated by Lansdowne Centre. Jennifer Gauthier photo
we can." The trees were sold, depending on size (from three and a half to seven feet tall), for $12 to $60. Carol Burgoyne, thrift store coordinator, said it took a matter of a few days for the trees to be nearly sold out. "And they all came with lights and stands," she said, adding Lansdowne Centre was very generous to donate the
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trees. "We really appreciate it because we ran out of all our trees at the store," she said. "We had a lot, but sold them all and so it really helped us." When she heard that 40 trees were being sent, Burgoyne was unfazed. "First thing I said was we're going to
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Generous response Staff from Muscle Memory in Tsawwassen had a pretty crowded studio last week after customers answered the call to donate gifts that will be distributed by Deltassist this Christmas. Owner Rob Gillespie said he was amazed by the generosity of clients who placed all manner of gifts under the tree. Tyler Garnham photo
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nal event of the birth of Jesus Christ. In the birth of his son, God has given the greatest gift and displayed true generosity. The fall-off-yourseat astonishment of Christmas is that God gave the gift of his son, not to those who were faithful, deserving and good, but to his enemies. Our usual Western celebration of Christmas has somehow become centered on
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