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

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