Saanich Peninsula holiday gift-givers need your help now

Organizers of a toy drive for area youth are hoping one more push will reach potential donors.

Volunteers with the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers wrap donated toys and gifts for area families in need. More help is needed from the community to ensure families who can least afford it have a good holiday season.

Overall toy and coin donations have been down so far this month and organizers of a toy drive for area youth are hoping one more push will reach potential donors.

The Saanich Peninsula Santa’s Helpers are seeking new, unwrapped toys and gifts — and even cash donations — for children and youth in need, aged six months to 16 years.

Families with children who are facing a difficult holiday this month, are identified through the Sidney Lions Food Bank and are given the opportunity to select a toy or toys for their children.

This week, as the deadline for donations fast approaches, organizers are making  one last call for more toys and gifts for children.

Local Santa’s Helpers are still in great need for gifts or cash donations. Some ideas of what are needed include: sports equipment, art supplies, new gloves and  scarves and gift cards.

Donations are accepted until December 19 at the Mary Winspear Centre, TD Bank, Spitfire Grill, Star Cinema, Buddies Toys, Van Isle Marina and the SHOAL Centre.

All donations support those in need on the Saanich Peninsula.

— with files from Carey Salvador, Mary Winspear Centre