The Richmond Christmas Fund kicked off its campaign early this year due to the pandemic and has re-imagined their various events in the city for the upcoming holidays.
Around 3,000 people benefitted from the campaign last year, but Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) – which runs the program – anticipate an increase of families relying on the fund this year due to the economic hardships caused by COVID-19.
RCRG kicked off its fundraising events in July with its new reusable mask WearTheBear campaign.
On Nov. 21, the sixth annual Richmond RCMP Toy Drive will take place outdoors at Lansdowne Centre – a different location than before – where the public can drop off new, unwrapped toys or cash donations.
The Not So Silent Night auctions, dubbed this year “A Not So Isolated Night 2020,” will take be held online for the first time – one public and one private – from Nov. 26 to Dec. 2.
The public auction will feature over 150 items with bids starting on Nov. 26 until Dec. 1.
Private auctions, meant for Richmond Christmas Fund “army” members who have made a donation of $1,000, will feature 12 “experience” gifts with bids starting on Nov. 26 until Dec. 2.
Meanwhile, the 10th annual Christmas Fund Drive-Thru event has been cancelled.
More information for each event will be available these upcoming weeks.
-With files from Nono Shen