Seycove Secondary students Ava and Lilly stand behind North Shore Christmas Bureau
donations collected from the school community.
by Maria Spitale-Leisk, NVSD Communications
Elves around the school district have helped save the
The North Shore Christmas Bureau’s wish list was long. It
had been a particularly hard year.
A barren Christmas awaited many kids and teens on the North
With December fast approaching, Seycove student council
sprang into action while channelling their artistic talents.
Christmas Toy Drive signs went up, and soon the donations
Toys overflowed – more than 50 unique gifts – from under the
Christmas tree by the Seycove office. Close to $300 in cash and gift cards was
also among the donations.
Seycove student council was humbled and excited by the
generosity of their school community, and they hope Christmas morning will be
brighter for deserving teens and kids across the North Shore.
Elsewhere in the NVSD, Education Services Centre staff
donated toward the Harvest Project and sponsored two family hampers through
Family Services of the North Shore Christmas Bureau.
Handsworth Secondary teacher Ms. Frith organized a Youth
Giving to Youth campaign, resulting in the school community donating $4,291 in
cash and gift cards, and $2,515 worth of presents to the North Shore Christmas
The Christmas Bureau Express stocked
with toys and grocery cards left Cleveland Elementary
on December 7, headed toward
Christmas Bureau headquarters.
Queen Mary Community Elementary, with the support of
school staff and local businesses, donated 18 holiday hampers to deserving families.
A Giving Tree displayed at the school is adorned with donated cash and gift
cards destined for families and seniors in the community.
A food bank collection has also been started, with each Queen Mary class
assigned a theme.
Every year, Sutherland Secondary Grade 12
students take part in fundraising efforts for the Christmas Bureau, as part of
a grad legacy project. To help get the word out, this year students created a
North Shore Christmas Bureau video ad.
The Christmas Bureau ensures that low-income families,
individuals, and seniors living on the North Shore can celebrate the holidays.
Christmas Bureau recipients have an average annual household income of $16,858,
and in 2019, the program supported nearly 2,100 people living in our community.