Christmas Bureau

For close to 30 years, the Christmas Bureau has been a symbol of our community's committment in helping low-income North Shore families and individuals celebrate and enjoy the holidays with hampers filled with food, certificates, gifts and toys.

Family Services of the North Shore CHRISTMAS BUREAU is now closed,

Please forward all queries and tax receipt request to Family Services of the North Shore

101 - 255 West 1st Street, North Vancouver BC V7M 3G8

Telphone: 604-988-5281

THANK YOU TO OUR CORPORATE PARTNERS, DONORS & VOLUNTEERS 

Every request for assistance is treated with compassion, respect, and confidentiality;  our goal is to help ensure that everyone enjoys a hearty meal on Christmas day, and that every child receives a toy on Christmas morning.


The Christmas Bureau relies entirely on the Sponsor a Family Program, donations , donations-in-kind and the support of over 200 volunteers. Your gift is shared with hundreds of low-income families, children and seniors who rely on the generosity of the community families to care for our families at Christmas and throughout the year. The Christmas Bureau is open throughout November and December.


Sponsor-A-Family

(What it means to Sponsor A Family)

Put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas by Sponsoring-a-Family.  Recruit the help of your family, friends, colleagues or community groups to provide a hamper for low-income families and individuals.


To register as a sponsor, you can fill out the secure online form Sponsor-A-Family form or download the form, fill in the top portion and return by fax to 604-988-3961.


Sponsors are eligible to receive a tax receipt. Download and complete the tax receipt request form. Attach all your original sales receipts for your hamper purchases, including the receipt or photocopy of the Food Certificate prior to December 31st and mail to the FSNS office or drop off your completed form at the Christmas Hamper Exchange.


Make A Financial Donation

It's easy to make an make a donation in any denomination to The Christmas Bureau online, by phone or mail.


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  • Call the Christmas Bureau at 604-984-9627
  • Mail your donation to: Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau, #101 – 255 West 1st Street, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G8


Tax receipts will be issued for all donations over $20.00.  Please make cheques  are payable to FSNS Christmas Bureau.



Make An In-Kind Donation

ToyShop

Please help us stock our ToyShop.  Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau collects new and unwrapped toys and gifts. Your donation may be dropped off at the Christmas Bureau location.


Some toy suggestions:

  • Infants and Preschool: educational and developmental toys
  • Girls and Boys 5 - 11 years: jewelry kits, art supplies, craft sets, books, backpacks, sleeping bags, building toys and science sets
  • Gifts for Tweens and Teen Girls and Boys: accessories, movie passes, gift certificates, sports equipment, electronics, make-up, bath products and art supplies. This is our area of greatest need.



Bikes for Tykes Program

Every child should have a bicycle.  Obsession Bikes, located at 94 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, needs previously owned bikes to restore to 'like new' condition and deliver to children on the North Shore for Christmas. For more information, email James Wilson at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Janet Sanderson at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Seniors and the Disabled

You can help with the basic necessities.  Every year the Christmas Bureau provides hampers for low income seniors, the ill and disabled of all ages. We are often asked to provide items that make life a little more comfortable - the simple luxuries that are out of reach to many on a fixed-income.


A few suggestions of much-appreciated items:

  • Gift box of cookies, tea or coffee, chocolates, specialty foods
  • Calendar, stationery, magazines
  • Toiletries, shampoo, shaving cream, nice soaps
  • Candles, napkins, kitchen towels, mugs, kitchen items
  • T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweaters, socks, scarves, gloves, pajamas
  • Blankets, bedding, towels, household accessories
  • Household tools, umbrella, tote bags
  • Certificates for restaurants, movie theatre, books, music, clothing, department and drug stores


Tax receipts will be issued for all in-kind donations over $20.00.

Download and complete the Tax Receipt Request Form. Attach all your original sales receipts, including the receipt or photocopy of the Food Certificate. Mail to the FSNS office or drop off your completed form at the Christmas Bureau prior to December 31, 2010.