Clarifying the Christmas Bureau’s role: a non-profit, independent group

I am a volunteer at The Red Deer Christmas Bureau, also on the executive. We are a 100 per cent volunteer based non-profit organization.

I am a volunteer at The Red Deer Christmas Bureau, also on the executive. We are a 100 per cent volunteer based non-profit organization.

Our executive operates year round so that in November when the application process begins, we are ready to go.

We have approximately 150 seasonal volunteers who donate their time for approximately two months, Monday to Friday, stocking shelves, sorting toys into appropriate age groups and helping the families “shop.”

Toys are collected and the families come in to our toy depot and “shop” for their children. The toys are not wrapped so they get to choose what they think their children would like from what we have on our shelves.

We are asking if you have money donations for us, to make sure that your cheque is made out to the Christmas Bureau. If you don’t get a receipt and a thank you from us, we did not get your donation.

Also, any new toys donated to the Christmas Bureau at this time of year should be dropped off at the toy depot or designated to be picked up by us.

We also take used trees, decorations, children toys, knick-knacks, children’s books, games, toques, mitts, scarfs, etc. We have given away over 200 trees this year. These items are all free to our clients.

We provide our families with a food hamper worth approximately $100.Your donations help us purchase the food in bulk from a business that has bid on the opportunity to provide us with quality-controlled food. Low-income single clients also qualify for these hampers. We expect to give out 850 hampers this year.

We are not affiliated with the Red Deer Food Bank.

The Christmas Bureau is its own entity, 100 per cent volunteer based. Please be sure your donations are going where you want them to.

If your organization wishes to do any type of fundraiser, please contact us before to recognize your business so that your donors know where their donations are going.

Volunteer/Secretary

Bev Kokotailo

Red Deer

Just Posted

Get your guilty pleasures: Westerner Days food

Traditional sugary treats were served up by the plate, bowl and bucket… Continue reading

Count shows slight decrease in Red Deer’s homeless

In two years, the number of homeless in Red Deer has decreased… Continue reading

Redoing hip surgeries are costly, says new study

Redoing hip and knee replacements costs Canada’s health system $130 million a… Continue reading

WATCH: Red Deer gets a taste of unique, fun chilis at cook off

From deer meat to Grand Marnier to raspberry jam everyone at the… Continue reading

Walk to raise overdose awareness

Leah’s Light registration deadline July 25

WATCH: Cirque ZUMA ZUMA puts on a show at Westerner Days

ZUMA ZUMA performs three times a day during Westerner Days

Brazilian police arrest ‘Dr. Bumbum’ after patient dies

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian police have arrested celebrated plastic surgeon Denis… Continue reading

Canadian marijuana company Tilray has first US pot IPO

SEATTLE — A Canadian company is the first marijuana business to complete… Continue reading

Dolphins anthem punishment includes suspensions

Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the national anthem… Continue reading

Soy “milk” makers may need to find alternative description

NEW YORK — Soy and almond drinks that bill themselves as “milk”… Continue reading

Calgary woman convicted in son’s strep death granted day parole

CALGARY — A woman whose son died after she failed to take… Continue reading

Greenpeace members arrested for climbing Olympic Stadium tower in Montreal

MONTREAL — Several Greenpeace members climbed the outside of the Olympic Stadium… Continue reading

B.C.’s Site C dam project behind schedule, plagued by problems: expert

British Columbia’s mammoth Site C hydro-electric project is seriously behind schedule, plagued… Continue reading

Charges laid against woman found in Innisfail hotel room with eight dogs

A woman faces 12 charges after eight dogs were seized from an… Continue reading

Most Read


Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $185 for 260 issues (must live in delivery area to qualify) Unlimited Digital Access 99 cents for the first four weeks and then only $15 per month Five-day delivery plus unlimited digital access for $15 a month