Sending out an SOS

Caring for Kids campaign about $15G behind where it was in 2011

Coordinator of the SOS Christmas campaign Renee Caulder stands in an empty donation toy box by her desk.

The SOS Caring for Kids at Christmas campaign needs some last-minute help from the public this year to meet the needs of local families.

“We have a bit of a dearth on books and teen gifts and certainly we’re running behind on money,” said Renate Sutherland, SOS executive director.

The campaign is about $15,000 behind where they were last year at this time, and only about halfway to their goal of $110,000.

This year they have even more families, seniors and individuals in need who are hopeful they will receive food gift certificates and presents for their children.

Donations are needed as soon as possible as the campaign ends at the end of the day on Dec. 21, although donations are also appreciated between Christmas and New Year’s as well.

Coordinator of the Christmas campaign Renee Caulder reiterated the SOS’ desperate need of gifts for teens (preferably gift certificates) and said the program helps give an enjoyable holiday to those in our district.

“Every donation goes to the community — (those who donate) are supporting their neighbours, friends and children of District 69.”

Toy donations fill the SOS toy shop, where families can go to get free presents for their children. Drop off new, unwrapped toys or cash donations to the SOS offices at 245 West Hirst Ave. in Parksville from 8:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. or monetary donations can also be taken over the phone by calling 250-248-2093. Those in need this Christmas can also drop by the office for assistance.


Just Posted

Parksville reopens portion of wetland

City undertakes review, remediation of liability concerns

Is Steve Nash Vancouver Island’s best athlete of all-time?

As Captain Canada gets ready to enter basketball’s Hall of Fame it’s time to debate his legacy

Who is Vancouver Island’s greatest athlete ever?

We want to know, you get to choose in a 64-athlete tournament bracket

Vehicle knocks out Parksville power pole

Traffic single lane heading southbound

Qualicum Beach man arrested after women report disturbing phone calls

Suspect threatened to kill victim’s family if she did not engage in sexually explicit conversation

VIDEO: Grand Forks shores up defences as floodwaters rise to peak levels

Canadian Forces, volunteers working to protect low-lying areas

Chilliwack Chiefs moving on to RBC Cup final after thrilling win over Ottawa

Kaden Pickering scored the winning goal in the 3rd period as Chilliwack won their semi-final 3-2.

VIDEO: As floodwaters recede, crews assess the damage to Grand Forks’ downtown

More than four dozen firefighters and building inspectors came out to help

Wellington Dukes pull off epic upset of Wenatchee at RBC Cup

The Dukes are off to the championship game after downing the Wild 2-1 Saturday at Prospera Centre.

Canada to face U.S. for bronze at world hockey championship

Canada was looking to play in the gold medal game for a fourth straight year, but saw 3-2 loss

Searchers for Vancouver Island father turn focus to Cowichan River

Cowichan SAR joined by many other SAR groups, volunteers now determined to find missing man

Vacationers urged to check for stowaway bats that could carry deadly disease

‘White-nose syndrome’ has killed millions of bats in North America, but hasn’t arrived in B.C. yet

Highway 19A closed in both directions near Union Bay

An incident involving a vehicle has shut down Highway 19A in both directions early Saturday morning.

Are B.C.’s gas prices enough to keep you from travelling May long weekend?

Gas prices in B.C. ranging from 125 cents per litre to more than 150 cents

Most Read