Help sponsor BBBSQ December Christmas outing

Due to funding issues, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Quesnel is in need of some assistance to fulfill holiday obligations

In-school mentor Joan spends quality time with buddy Zophia.

In-school mentor Joan spends quality time with buddy Zophia.

If you feel you are in a position to make a donation to our agency it would be greatly appreciated. Charitable tax receipts can be issued. Our agency is in a short term funding crunch as we wait for some of our grant funding to be approved. Unfortunately, this has meant that we have had to cancel the fall monthly group activities. These are being greatly missed by the 40 – 50 children who participate. The December outing has traditionally been everyone enjoying aviewing of a Christmas matinee (popcorn of course has to be included.) In the past, we have also provided all of our families with a bag of Christmas treats. The cost for this project is approximately $1,500. We do not know if we will be able to finance this. We are respectfully asking the Quesnel community if they could help to sponsor this activity. We would really appreciate your assistance to make this special day a reality.

If you have winter coats (for kids and adults) that you would like to donate, you can drop them off at Super Suds, 415 McLean Street, for them to clean before they are brought to our office. We are also getting a lot of inquiries for other adult and children winter apparel – boots, hats, gloves and snow pants. These items can be dropped off at our office (368 Vaughan Street). These are distributed to families in need throughout the community. Thank you Super Suds!

Shop early for Christmas! Buy shopping cards for many of our local businesses through BBBSQ. We receive a percentage of the revenue from the purchased cards. All of the money raised stays in our community. Different denominations of cards are available for numerous local retailers. These include: Extra Foods, Safeway, Esso, Petro-Canada, Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware, Mark’s Work Wearhouse, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sears, Staples and more.  We are placing our next order on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Contact us to place your order or to receive information.

The Senior In-School Mentor campaign is ongoing. We need six more mentors to reach  our goal. If you have an hour to spare once a week, please call our office. We can match you with a young elementary student at a school near you.  You would spend your hour talking, playing games, doing crafts and other fun activities.

Thank you to Granville’s for donating Kangaroos Hockey tickets to our mentors and to the Government Liquor Store for donating Teddy Bears to our Littles.

Maggie Bello is the executive director of BBBBSQ.