Volunteers create custom baskets for shelter families





Vancouver Food bank receptionist Cindy Inness helps stock baskets for Community Angel Day at the Food Bank’s Raymur Avenue location yesterday.

The Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society’s warehouse was converted into a basket-filling assembly line yesterday as around 200 people filled Christmas baskets with goodies for needy Lower Mainland families.

For $50 participants could grab a basket and peruse a warehouse filled with piles of non-perishable food, toiletries and small toys and create a custom-made gift.

Cheryl Prepchuk, CEO of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, said the program lets needy families know they haven’t been forgotten during the busy holiday season.

"The (baskets) are very individual and whoever gets them is going to know that somebody (cares)," she said, adding that it’s also a chance for people to get involved in their community.

"Hunger is an issue 365 days a year. So hopefully this spirit of giving will continue on."

Baskets are distributed by the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and the Lotus Light Society to families living in shelters around Metro Vancouver.

The second annual Community Angel Day also featured face painting, tarot card reading, music and a visit from Santa.