The Christmas Haven is laying plans for its 18th annual Christmas Eve event, and has a fundraiser on Saturday.
“It’s truly magical, every year I get goosebumps,” said longtime Haven supporter Corisa Bell, a city councillor and this year’s media and entertainment organizer.
“Seeing the community come together, to support and to be with one another during a time that could otherwise potentially be very lonely – it’s incredible.”
The Haven is 100 per cent volunteer-driven, operated by a dedicated steering committee, and is only made possible through the outstanding generosity of our community, added Bell.
The Haven provides a warm, welcoming atmosphere for people of all ages, backgrounds, and socio-economic status, to enjoy a hot turkey dinner, local Christmas entertainment, children’s activities, and everyone receives a special gift from Santa.
It will be held on Dec. 24, from 6-9 p.m., at the ACT. It is a free event, and no registration is required.
The Haven is starting a new tradition this year by entering a float in the Christmas parade on Dec. 5.
“We’re looking for any lights or Christmas decorations suitable for the outdoors, float appropriate, as donations, they’d so be appreciated.” said Bell.
An exciting opportunity to contribute to the Haven fundraising happens Saturday, Nov. 21, as one of main sponsors, Temptations Salon & Spa in Maple Ridge, is hosting the third annual pub-night fundraiser at The Haney Public House.
Tickets are $20 each and includes a burger and beverage. Christmas Haven will receive $10 from every ticket sold.
There will be a silent auction, door prizes, a toonie toss and 50/50.
Tickets can be purchased at the salon by cash or cheque.
Christmas Haven is currently collecting new winter items for adults and toys for children ages 3-10.
Gifts or light donations are being collected at: Temptations Salon & Spa (22470 Dewdney Trunk Rd.) and The ACT (11944 Haney Pl.).
Monetary donations can be mailed or deliver to the following locations (attention Christmas Haven): c/o Maple Ridge Festivals Office (11925 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge, B.C., V2X 6G2); or Parks & Leisure Services (12027 Harris Rd., Pitt Meadows B.C., V3Y 2B5).
• For more information see www.christmashaven.ca.