BC Lions fans can drop off toys and gifts ahead of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers game
Ahead of the game with Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday, October 15, London Drugs and Vancouver Firefighter Charities volunteers will be stationed outside Terry Fox Plaza from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m., to collect gifts and toys. Fans and members of the public can contribute by safely dropping off gifts that will go directly to families in need ahead of the holiday season. In addition, every fan who donates to the toy drive will be eligible to win a prize at the end of the game.
London Drugs and Vancouver Firefighter Charities will be running another toy drive event on Thursday, December 8 at select stores across Vancouver, before all toys will be delivered to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau at a special event at Pan Pacific Vancouver on December 14. The Bureau helps thousands of children in local communities by providing services including toy and gift donations over the holidays.
“Every year it’s incredible to see the support from the community behind the toy drive,” says Clint Mahlman, London Drugs president and COO. “We are starting the toy drive earlier this year, working with Vancouver Firefighters and BC Lions to safely collect as many toys as possible for thousands of families in need. Whether or not you are going to the game, we encourage everyone to stop by Terry Plaza to contribute to the first event of this year's toy drive.”
“With the holidays right around the corner, it serves as a reminder that there are a lot of people, especially young kids, in need,” says BC Lions vice president of business, George Chayka. “Teaming up with our great partner in London Drugs for an excellent cause in the Vancouver Firefighter Charities is something we as an organization take great pride in. We encourage all of our great Lions fans to contribute to this important cause.”
“The Vancouver Firefighter Charities is really excited for this year’s Pan Pacific toy drive on December 14th, says James Docherty, executive director, Vancouver Firefighter Charities. “We have a lot of great events leading up to the big day, so we encourage everyone to come say hi, drop off a toy or make a donation to help make a special Christmas for some young kids.”
For more information, visit londondrugs.com.
About London Drugs
Founded in 1945, B.C.-based London Drugs sells to every province and territory in Canada through its online store www.londondrugs.com and has 79 physical stores in more than 35 major markets throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. London Drugs offers customers a range of products from personal protection equipment for pandemic safety to digital cameras and cosmetics to computers and televisions. Renowned for its creative approach to retailing, the company employs more than 9,000 people with pharmacy and health care services at the heart of its business. Committed to innovation and superior customer service, London Drugs has established itself as a reputable and caring Canadian company that supports Canadian brands and continues to position itself for future growth and development.
About Vancouver Firefighter Charities
Vancouver Firefighter Charities is how firefighters help people when they're not at the firehall. Firefighters raise funds, then build programs to help in-need and at-risk people of all ages directly, with all programs and fundraisers managed by off-duty Vancouver firefighters who give their personal time and donate funds directly to VFC through voluntary payroll donations. Since 2012 the Vancouver Firefighters' Payroll Donation program has raised more than $1,000,000 for charitable programs like the Snacks For Kids Nutritional Program that ensured 300,000 food donations were made to almost 3,500 at-risk youth in 50. Vancouver schools. VFC has other programs including the BC Burn Fund, Sports For Kids and Lifelines For Seniors and supports and partners with a multitude of charitable organizations and causes throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond.