People in Terrace donated food, toys, pyjamas and more this holiday season

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There were several opportunities for people in Terrace to spread goodwill and donate this holiday season.

The Terrace Ministerial Association had originally planned an event at George Little Park called ‘Christmas Begins with Christ,’ but that had to be cancelled due to provincial health orders. Instead, the Zion Baptist Church and the Salvation Army collected new, unused toys for around 700 children registered in Ksan Society and Salvation Army programs.

“I’m unsure of the exact number of toys that were donated for the toy drive, as we had a number of different drop off locations, but I was impressed by the number of donations dropped off at my church facility,” said Brad Reid, Senior Pastor at the Zion Baptist Church in an email.

“The donations came from many people within our community, not just from members of my congregation. The Ministerial felt that it was important to try and “love our neighbours as ourselves” in a tangible way as a way of showing our love for Jesus.”

The Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society (TWRCS) collected a variety of items for the benefit of a few different community projects. The TWRCS is distributing two large boxes of hygiene products including toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products and more to Ksan Society shelters. Also, the society created 15 case packages and 10 child activity bags for women and children staying at the Ksan transition house over the holidays. As part of the Holiday Hamper project, the TWRCS sponsored two families to give them food and gifts.

Terraceview Lodge is still seeking donations to “wrap a door for Christmas.” The R.E.M Lee Hospital Foundation is receiving the funds which will go towards door wraps that cover the standard beige doors at the lodge and simulate a colourful front door. So far, 26 doors are wrapped with 46 remaining. Each fire retardant door wrap costs $400.

“The people who live here take pride in the fact that their ‘front door’ is different than their neighbors and staff are able to use the doors as a wayfinding cue if someone is having difficulty locating their room,” said Cheryl Block, Terraceview Lodge occupational therapist in an email.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to wrap the doors in all our care communities. Thank you to everyone for helping to make this happen. What an awesome way to wrap up 2020!”

The Terrace Christmas Pyjama Drive took donations of pyjamas for children in need. People could drop off a new pair of pyjamas sized between newborn and age 16 at Terrace Totem Ford, Terrace Toyota or All Seasons Source for Sports. There were 52 sets of pyjamas collected, which will be distributed by Ksan Society and the Kermode Friendship Society.

This year was Terrace RCMP’s tenth annual Cram-A-Cruiser event in partnership with Safeway and Save-On-Foods. This years’ event was different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of collecting physical food items, the RCMP received monetary donations on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Safeway and Save-On-Foods for the Terrace Food Bank. The Terrace RCMP raised just over $4,000 during the Saturday event. There was money donated after the event, so the final total is not yet known. The Terrace RCMP expresses its gratitude towards Safeway and Save-On-Foods for participating.

The Terrace Public Library’s Food for Fines initiative returned this year. During the holiday season, the library is forgiving overdue book fines in exchange for non-perishable food items for the Terrace Churches’ Food Bank. The library has received multiple donations, and people with overdue books have until the end of December to have their fines forgiven.

Ben Bogstie, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Interior News