Mission needs help for Christmas gifts

Special items to place inside holiday backpacks are being sought from the community

With Christmas drawing near, efforts are underway to ensure everyone experiences the magic of the season.

Vernon’s Upper Room Mission will prepare upwards of 200 backpacks and present them to their clients. For many, this will be the only present they receive.

“We want to spread the holiday cheer and they look so forward to getting a backpack and seeing what’s inside,” said Bev Henke, street level supervisor.

Because of the generosity of local residents last year, no more backpacks are required. But special items to place inside the backpacks are being sought.

“We need chocolates and Christmas candies,” said Henke.

“There is also a need for socks, gloves, toques and anything warm.”

Donations of puzzles, reading material, combs, small packs of Kleenex, razors, soap and face cloths are also welcome.

Other items that are popular are hand warmers, gum, small hand mirrors, pens and note pads.

“We will have a special dinner Dec. 24 and give out the backpacks then,” said Henke.

To donate items for the Christmas program, drop by the Upper Room Mission at 3403 27th Ave. For more information, call 250-549-1231.

Also taking place at the mission, is a Christmas craft fair Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

“It showcases the talents of the people who come here,” said Henke.

Individuals selling their items will have an opportunity to generate revenue while a bake sale and other tables will raise funds for the mission’s activities.