Toys for tots Raises More!

Our hearts are full of gratitude for everyone that came out to the 2nd Annual, Ramada’s Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast!  The event was a great success!  An estimated 800 people attended, raising  $14,000 in financial donations and over 1,100 toys were collected at the event..  The success of this event would not have been possible without the investment from our community.  We would like to thank first and foremost, Ramada Plaza and Conference Centre for their desire to create a wonderful event.  The conference centre was beautifully decorated, the food was amazing, and your volunteer staff was so friendly and helpful.

Thank you to Envision Financial for your investment in our community through the Full Cupboard program.  Your enthusiastic support and promotion of the event was invaluable. Your volunteers were so willing to lend a hand, they even stood in the pouring rain without complaint!

We are extremely thankful for having Star 98.3, & Country 107. and their wonderful morning show hosts, live on location at the event.  Your presence created a fun buzz in the air. Together you were able to share our excitement with our community.

A huge thank you to our brilliant event sponsors. With sponsorship from Columbia Cabinets, Complete Eyecare, Imperial Finishing Ltd, Jack’s Towing Ltd., JMV Woodworks Ltd, SunLife Financial, TeamWork Property Management Ltd, and Valley Countertops Industries Ltd we were able to run a wonderful event at very little cost.  This means we were able to maximize financial benefit to those who really need the support this Christmas, the children of our community!

The event had amazing product sponsorship!  Thank you to Tim Hortons for sending your coffee, hot chocolate and timbits to those who couldn’t stay for the breakfast.  Cheddarbooth, your ability to capture joy in the moment will be cherished for years.  Thank you for being there! Thank you Canadian Linen & Uniform Services, First Class, and Instant Imprints for providing the essentials needed to present a represent the event well. Thank you to Save on Foods, Gordon Food Service, Coca-Cola, Cooper’s Foods, Lepp Farm Market, and Mainland Machinery for donating ingredients for the most delicious buffet breakfast! Thank you Winks for providing such beautiful door prizes!

We are so grateful for the quality entertainment.  Thank you to the Charles for your skilled instrumentation, MEI Chamber Choir for your harmonious rendition of Christmas Carols, to The Heights for your fun Christmas spirit, to Joel Reimer for sharing your album debut with us, and to the Marika Siewert for your heart felt Christmas melodies.  Santa, your merriment charms any crowd, thank you. Thank you Cliff Prang for your hilarious and inspiring emceeing, we appreciate your ability to keep the event running smoothly and with class.  Thank you to Travis Thuro who made sure the audience was able to enjoy the entertainment by running sound.

Last but certainly not the least! We were so blown away by the support of the volunteers from Paramedics of BC Emergency Health Services, Firefighters of Local 2864, and Abbotsford PD.  Your ability to direct traffic, run toys and help with clean up was so valuable to the success of the event!  Thank you for your time and expertise!

Sometimes our needs are met in ways that are unexpected. This can be humbling and even frightening.  In the circumstance of the families who need the Food Bank and Christmas Bureau; Christmas can be a time wrought with anxiety and fear. When our families are given the opportunity to celebrate a Christmas through the love and support of their community, Christmas becomes so much more meaningful and unexpected.  From all of us at the Abbotsford Food Bank and Christmas Bureau, thank you for coming together to bring hope and share joy with children in our community.  Your generosity is indispensable.  May you be refreshed, as you have refreshed us this Christmas season.  Merry Christmas!