Volunteers Kathy Pring and Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows News publisher Lisa Podesta-Craik, at Christmas Haven 2017. (Contributed)

Hundreds attend Christmas Haven celebration in Maple Ridge

The festive event on Christmas eve gathers people who don’t want to be alone during the holidays

Hundreds gathered at the ACT Arts Centre on Christmas eve for a festive dinner and a sense of camaraderie on a night most others spend with their families.

Christmas Haven is a free, non-denominational, wheelchair accessible celebration that has taken place on Christmas eve in Maple Ridge since 1998. It is open to families, seniors and individuals who do not wish to be alone during the holidays.

The event features a turkey dinner with all the fixings, local live entertainment, children’s activities and a visit from Santa Claus.

Presents were handed out that included hats, scarves, gloves, socks and $5 gift cards for Tim Hortons, McDonalds or Subway restaurants for adults and teens and for children 10-years and under there were books, toys and games.

Gifts are collected in the weeks leading up to the event.

This year 280 guests attended the event that was served by 65 volunteers.

Last year 250 people attended.

Volunteer coordinator Holly Henderson thanked all the volunteers at the event for their time and community minded attitudes.

For more information about Christmas Haven call Alyson at 604-812-2254 or go to christmashaven.ca.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Maple Ridge COY award named in youth advocate’s memory

Community foundation announces Citizen of the Year finalists

Maple Ridge – Pitt Meadows and Katzie Community Response Network looks to shine light on elder abuse

One of main risks for potential abuse is isolation, which has increased with COVID-19

LETTER: Pitt Meadows man calls on B.C. government to better fund parks

Investment in parks will pay off for the future, letter writer says

Police shut down Maple Ridge highway for takedown

Commuter traffic along Lougheed was diverted Wednesday evening, while officers converged on home

COVID testing centre in Maple Ridge not relocating

Only the Urgent and Primary Care Centre moving to Haney Place Mall

B.C. counts 125 new COVID-19 cases, up to 1,284 active

No new deaths or health care facility outbreaks

Man pleads guilty to violent assault of elderly man in Abbotsford

Victim, 85, attacked while waiting at bus stop in November 2019

Lessons from a pandemic: How to design a nursing home that’s safe and love-filled

A look at how one care home is battling the pandemic with the social needs of the elderly in their care

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Winter tires, chains now mandatory along most B.C. highways

Drivers without the proper winter tires – which must also be in good condition – can be fined $109

Staff shortages plague Mission Institution following recovery from COVID-19 outbreak

Guards at 60% of workforce; inmates suffer daily with lockdown, mental health issues

Health Canada green-lights rapid COVID-19 test

Health Canada approved the BCube test from Hyris Ltd. in the United Kingdom Sept. 23

First Nations Health Authority chief medical officer concerned with rising COVID-19 cases

“There’s still so much we don’t know and we’re learning everyday about this particular virus.”

Most Read