Crafting arts for a cause

Create gift bags for the homeless as part of library program

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Greater Victoria Public Library invites members to help the less fortunate in the community.

GVPL has partnered with Vancouver Island’s Everybody Deserves a Smile group on its Kindness Care Packages campaign. There are two ways library patrons can help: decorate a gift bag for a local homeless person and/or bring in a donation for the gift bags.

Donations could include toques, mittens, wool socks, tooth brushes, tooth paste and scarves. The gifts will be given to members of the Greater Victoria homeless community in January. All ages are welcome for decorating fun at the Central Saanich Branch Wednesday, Nov. 30 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donations will be accepted during library hours from Dec. 10 to 24. For more information about the free event, visit