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Angel Trees take in record haul
More than 3,400 pounds of food, 1,350 gifts, and close to $15,000 was donated to children and seniors this year thanks to Envision Financial's Angel Tree.
All 20 Envision Financial branches, including the Ladner and Tsawwassen locations displayed a decorated Christmas tree with ornaments that represented a child, senior or food bank.
Members of the community were invited to take an ornament from the tree and return it with a new and unwrapped gift or non-perishable food item.
The proceeds were then distributed to 21 charities throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Kitimat.
In B.C. one in five children lives below the poverty line and more than 28,000 were served by a local food bank and this year, while one in five seniors spent Christmas alone.
“What’s most overwhelming is the gratefulness,” says Barbara Westlake, Christmas coordinator for Deltassist. “There is so much need but also so much gratefulness for the support that Envision and programs like Angel Tree provide. Everyone wants the very best for their kids, especially at Christmas time. I would like to thank everyone who donated and is helping make that wish come true.”
This year’s program also included the addition of a YouTube video which highlighted the need for donations.
For every view, Envision donated $1 to the Angel Tree partners. The video garnered over 2,000 views, resulting in an extra $2,000 to local charities.