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When A Community Comes Together

Published November 05, 2019

Back in 2010, one of our volunteers created a video looking back on that year's Richmond Christmas Fund campaign. It began with the line, "When a community comes together, there isn't anything it can't do." Nearly 10 years later, that sentiment still holds true. The Christmas Fund is a program of RCRG, but it belongs to the community that makes it possible. And what a community it is!

This year's Christmas Fund campaign includes our widest selection of events ever! There's the Richmond RCMP Toy Drive & Pancake Breakfast, on November 16; the Christmas Classic Car Cruise, on December 1; and the Christmas Fund Drive-Thru Event, on December 3 (held at the sparkling new Brighouse Fire Hall No. 1). 

We haven't even mentioned the Richmond Auto Mall, which will host not one but two Christmas Fund events: Windows of Hope, on November 20, and A Not So Silent Night, on November 27. 

Last year, the Christmas Fund provided toys to nearly 800 children from low-income families. Every single item in our Toy Room was donated by the community. Toy drives, whether organized among friends, family, or colleagues, are hugely important to the program's success, and this year, dozens of companies and organizations have stepped up to offer their support.

As we speak, toy drives are being organized by MDA, Platinum Pro-Claim, River Rock Casino Resort, the Richmond Public Library, and Steveston's Splash Toy Shop

Meanwhile, staff members at the City of Richmond are not only organizing a toy drive, but an entire fundraising campaign. The City has long been a huge supporter of the Christmas Fund, but a new partnership this year will see us working more closely together to brighten the holidays for families in need!

Of course, we can't forget our ever-popular Gift Wrap booth at Lansdowne Centre, which opens December 1. For years and years, it's been one of our key fundraising activities.

We've already received major donations from the likes of Rubina Hope for Kids, O'Hare's GastroPub & Liquor Store, and The Province Empty Stocking Fund. Soon, we'll receive a large shipment of toys from the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau

There'll be other major donations, and hundreds of smaller ones. There will also be 140+ volunteers who, collectively, will contribute well over 2,000 hours. They are the heart and soul of the Christmas Fund, and its unsung heroes.

The 2010 video began with the line, "When a community comes together, there isn't anything it can't do." But there was also a second part: "And a community comes together best when it's needed the most."

Those two lines encapsulate the program, in 2010 and in 2019. The Christmas Fund has always been a community effort. We hope you'll be part of it