Skipping company Christmas party to feed kids

Maple Ridge office donating money it would have spent on party to feed kids in schools.

Skipping company Christmas party to feed kids

Imagine no more hunger.

Especially for children.

“I don’t think most of us understand the scope of hunger in our schools. Many children are going to school without breakfast or lunch, and when they get home after school, there isn’t much food for the family,” said Bonnie Telep of Coldwell Banker, Tri Tel Realty, which is challenging all businesses and citizens in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows to do something about it.

“I have spoken to teachers in our school system and they are making great efforts to help these kids and their families, but there is only so much you can do with no money,” Telep said.

“One teacher told me she goes to her school early each day to get a breakfast going for at least 100 kids each day. How would these children learn and grow and progress without breakfast? Another teacher told me about children who eat only some of their lunch, which they received from the school program, and save the rest for siblings at home.”

This is so not acceptable, Telep added.

Coldwell Banker, Tri Tel Realty is skipping its company Christmas party this year and donating the money it would have spent on it to feed kids in schools.

“Do we really need more presents and turkey dinners when so many don’t have anything?”

Telep said the community has numerous resources available to make sure donations are used effectively.

“We love our community and I know you do too,” Telep said.

“Let’s do this together.”