Frank Jones of the Kiwanis Club of Sidney and Peninsula

Little workshop does plenty of good

Peninsula Kiwanis Club members working hard to assemble Christmas hampers for families

All seven Kiwanis members will be out in full force putting pennies where they belong come Christmas.

“It’s a huge job especially for such a small club,” said president Kelly Ward. “The biggest time commitment is always having somebody at the depot. It’s a huge commitment to have somebody there six days a week.”

The Christmas Hamper Depot hit a hot new location this holiday season – right in the heart of Sidney at 2388 Beacon Ave.

“In terms of visibility it’s great,” said Bill Foster, in his third year volunteering at the depot. “It’ll start picking up next week, but we’re here and ready.”

A small scale version of Santa’s workshop, the depot is where benefactors from the community drop off toy, cash and food donations for the Kiwanis toy drive and the Sidney Lions hamper program.

The Peninsula News Review Coins for Kids campaign supports the toy drive each year, helping fill the need for kids at Christmas.

The small club at times brings in other Kiwanis members to help out with functions, such as the depot and rolling the thousands of dollars worth of dimes, nickels and pennies from the Coins for Kids program. The Kiwanis Club purchases toys to go out along with the hampers that families will pick up Dec. 19 to 21.

“Last year it was around 400 kids and I expect it will be the same this year,” Ward said. They purchase gifts for children from babies to 13 and there are always last minute purchases. “It’s just making sure we have enough to meet what we know about,” Ward said. “You don’t want to turn anybody down.”

Cash and new unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the depot, 2388 Beacon Ave., from now until Dec. 23, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 250-893-4217.

reporter@peninsulanewsreview.com

 

You can help

Drop off your Coins for Kids to the News Review at 6-9843 Second St. in Sidney. To add a little more value to your visit, the News Review also has a Sidney Lions Food Bank bin to drop off non-perishable food items.

Just Posted

Peninsula firefighters spend the summer in intensive training

No rest for personnel as they improve high tower, role-plays and marina fire fighting skills

VIDEO: RCMP officer killed in the line of duty remembered ‘through the laughter of children’

Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground opens with ceremony in Langford

B.C. police watchdog investigating high-speed crash in Victoria

Police watchdog called in after dramatic early morning crash at Bay and Douglas intersection

Westhills Stadium launches expanded stadium with ceremony, excitement

expanded stadium accommodates 6,000 spectators

NCAA basketball comes to UVic this fall

Eight-team tournament features top university women’s basketball teams Nov. 28-30

Trudeau to meet with U.K. and Japanese prime ministers ahead of G7 summit

French President Emmanuel Macron, this year’s G7 host, has little expectations of a unified front from the leaders

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and stand-up guy at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Vancouver Island man dead after reported hit-and-run incident

Oceanside RCMP seek public’s help gathering information

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Groups ready campaign to help young voters identify ‘fake news’ in election

The media literacy campaign to focus on identifying misinformation and suspicious sources online

Big rally in northern B.C. draws attention to continuing lumber crisis

Mayor Joan Atkinson says about 400 workers have been directly affected by the closure of the Canfor mill

Most Read