Realtor Chace Whitson, left, and builder Carson Shanks, delivered $2,000 in toys to Carey Salvador at the Mary Winspear Centre for the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers toy drive this month. The pair purchased the gifts from Buddies Toys in Sidney and challenge their counterparts to do the same or better this season. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

Realtor Chace Whitson, left, and builder Carson Shanks, delivered $2,000 in toys to Carey Salvador at the Mary Winspear Centre for the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers toy drive this month. The pair purchased the gifts from Buddies Toys in Sidney and challenge their counterparts to do the same or better this season. (Steven Heywood/News Staff)

Peninsula Santa’s Helpers get $2,000 toy donation

Realtor Chace Whitson and builder Carson Shanks challenge others to do the same

After pulling up in a pickup truck, its bed filled to bursting with toys, two Saanich Peninsula businessmen are challenging their peers to make a similar donation.

On Tuesday afternoon, McDonald Realty’s Chace Whitson and local builder Carson Shanks donated $2,000 in toys to the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers. The organization has been collecting toys this month for children and youth up to age 17, whose families are in need at this time of year.

“Both of us have kids, three each in fact,” said Shanks, “and so we have that understanding of those unique challenges, so we wanted to give as much as we can.”

“It’s a privilege to be able to do something for other families in need,” added Whitson.

They pooled their money and went to Buddies Toys on Beacon Avenue in Sidney and purchased gifts for young kids and older teens.

Carey Salvador, who’s spearheading the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers through the Mary Winspear Centre, said they are very grateful for the donation, as it helps them fill the need. Parents go through the Sidney Lions Food Bank to register for the Santa’s Helpers gifts program. Each family will then receive a book, a stuffie and a larger gift for the younger kids, and a gift card and larger present for older youth.

Salvador said they are always in need of gifts — such as gift cards — for youth between 14 and 17.

Whitson and Shanks say they hope other business people in the community step forward and help the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers by matching — or even exceeding — their donation this week.

Toys and other donations can be dropped off to the Peninsula Santa’s Helpers at the Mary Winspear Centre, or in drop boxes in various locations around the Peninsula.

The Peninsula News Review’s annual Coins for Kids campaign is also raising money for the Santa’s Helpers. Your cash donations can be dropped off at the News Review’s office on Second Street in Sidney, or at specially-marked donation boxes in businesses throughout the Peninsula.



editor@peninsulanewsreview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Don Devenney is a Goldstream Gazette 2021 Local Hero as Community Builder of the year. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
West Shore volunteer’s efforts an exercise in adventurous pursuits

Don Devenney is the 2021 recipient of the Community Builder Award

Sergeant Francis Dion with the box containing HMCS Calgary’s new secret mascot costume. (HMCSNCSMCalgary/Facebook)
The value of new construction in North Saanich topped $52.1 million in 2020 (Peninsula News Review)
Value of new construction in North Saanich topped $52.1 million in 2020

New figures also show 25 per cent increase in number of new secondary suites

This rendering shows plans for the new “flyover”overpass connecting northbound traffic on Highway 17 heading west on Keating Cross Road. Plans currently seeking public input propose two options for the median along Keating Cross Road. Option 1 will prevent left turns onto Tamany Drive and Buena Vista Road. Option 2 (seen here)will allow for left turns onto Tamany Drive and Bujena Vista Road. (Screencap/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Public asked for comment on proposed overpass for Pat Bay in Central Saanich

New flyover overpass proposed for Highway 17 and Keating Cross Road

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria Thursday afternoon. (Black Press Media file photo)
Strong winds predicted for Greater Victoria

Environment Canada issues warning for Thursday afternoon

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government)
B.C. reports 10 additional deaths, 395 new COVID-19 cases

The majority of new coronavirus infections were in the Fraser Health region

Anyone with information on any of these individuals is asked to call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the website victoriacrimestoppers.ca for more information.
Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Feb. 23

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

(Black Press Media File Photo)
POLL: Are you struggling with Greater Victoria’s cost of housing?

While Victoria remains one of the most expensive cities in the country… Continue reading

A new survey has found that virtual visits are British Columbian’s preferred way to see the doctor amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Unsplash)
Majority of British Columbians now prefer routine virtual doctor’s visits: study

More than 82% feel virtual health options reduce wait times, 64% think they lead to better health

Captain and Maria, a pair of big and affectionate akbash dogs, must be adopted together because they are so closely bonded. (SPCA image)
Shuswap SPCA seeks forever home for inseparable Akbash dogs

A fundraiser to help medical expenses for Captain and Maria earned over 10 times its goal

The missing camper heard a GSAR helicopter, and ran from his tree well waving his arms. File photo
Man trapped on Manning mountain did nearly everything right to survive: SAR

The winter experienced camper was overwhelmed by snow conditions

Castlegar doctor Megan Taylor contracted COVID-19 in November. This photo was taken before the pandemic. Photo: Submitted
Kootenay doctor shares experience contracting COVID-19

Castlegar doctor shares her COVID experience

Ashley Paxman, 29, is in the ICU after being struck by a vehicle along Highway 97 Feb. 18, 2021. She remains in critical condition. (GoFundMe)
Okanagan woman in ICU with broken bones in face after being struck by car

She remains in serious condition following Feb. 18 incident

The BC SPCA is offering many chances for school-aged kids to learn about animal welfare and other animal topics. Pictured here is Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
From pets to wildlife, BC SPCA offers animal education programs geared to youth

BC SPCA offering virtual spring break camps, workshops and school presentations

Most Read