Secret Santa Community Edition # 10

Here’s the final instalment in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 1234, 56, 78, and 9. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

Ruby Campbell lives here and works for the city. “My first job was in New Westminster even though I was living in Vancouver at the time. I used to work at the mini donut place here when it was Fraser River Market,” recollected Ruby.

Ruby shopped for the Fraserside Emergency Shelter. “As a parent the worst thing I can imagine is being in crisis and having to keep positive for my kids. I wanted to put together a little gift for each of the parents staying at the shelter right now. There are 3.”

  1. Soaps – Donald’s Market
  2. Scratch and Wins – Paddlewheeler Liquor Store
  3. Lip protection – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks & Donald’s Market
  4. Solid Perfumes – Donald’s Market
  5. Bees wax candles – Donald’s Market
  6. Hand Lotion – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks
  7. Pepperoni – Donald’s Market
  8. Spicy nuts and Corn nuts – Donald’s Market

Ruby said the one gift she’d wish for was more time in the day. “As a busy parent there never seem to be enough hours.” (Editor’s Note: I can so relate!)

Thank you so much to River Market for this initiative. Merry Christmas!

Secret Santa: Community Edition # 9

Here’s number nine in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 1234, 56, 7, and 8. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

River Market tasked Brad Cavanagh with this instalment’s shopping.  Brad is a resident, serve on the city’s ACTBIPED Committee and volunteer with Spare Parts Adventure. He decided to shop  for the staff at the Lookout Society. “They do a lot of hard work to help homeless people and with the recent cold weather I wanted to really recognize all the hard work they do,” said Brad.

 

 

Brad bought:

2 mugs – Pottery Works

2 kinds of tea – Donald’s Market

Cold Relief hand cream – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks

2 kinds of shortbread cookies – Pamola Bakery

Toffees – Canteen & Supply

Like a lot of the Secret Santa shoppers, Brad didn’t want anything for himself. “I would really like it if you took a look over the wish lists for the Lookout Society’s three shelters in New Westminster and bought something for someone who’s truly in need this season!”

 

Secret Santa Community Edition # 8

Here’s number eight in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 1234, 5, 6, and 7. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

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In this edition # 8 of the Secret Santa series, River Market asked Neal Michael to get his shop on. Neal lives here and has organized many events that bring community together such as Popluck, Pecha Kucha, Stop and Stare, etc. Neal chose to shop for the Spirit of the Children Society. “I feel like as an organization it’s overlooked and under recognized. I like that a lot of the programs are ones that strengthen family connections. As a teacher I am passionate about youth and they do a lot for the youth of Indigenous communities.”

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They specifically asked for a gift card from Donald’s Market to go towards their Traditional Kitchen for Aboriginal Families and Youth and they always need fresh fruit and veggies and do some of their shopping at Donald’, so Neal picked up a selection of gift cards.

neal-michaelAnd if Neal is on your list of people to buy a Secret Santa gift for, check out Canteen and Supply. “We are foodies who love to cook and they have so many good things,” he says.

Secret Santa Community Edition: # 7

Here’s number seven in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 1234, 5, and 6. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

We profiled the Downtown BIA’s own Christmas promo the other day, but today, this installment of Secret Santa Community Edition features Angie Whitfield and Trestan Yuen. Angie’s been a resident since 2000 and works for the Downtown BIA and Trestan started working for the Downtown BIA as a Summer Ambassador and has stayed on as the Digital Marketing Co-ordinator.

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The Downtown BIA office has adopted a family this year through the Caring Neighbour Program. “We were given a family of refugees from Syria with 12 and 15 year girls. We’ll be adding today’s items to the larger Downtown BIA gift,” explains Angie. “This is a good opportunity to switch our viewpoint from getting to giving. As a mom with children I can’t imagine having how hard it would be to have a Christmas when you wouldn’t be able to give your family a celebration.”

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  1. Seasonal Chocolate Bars – Donald’s Market
  2. Mints – Donald’s Market
  3. Hard Candies – Donald’s Market
  4. Scratch and Wins – Paddlewheeler Liquor Store
  5. Cold FX Immune System boosters – Donald’s Market
  6. Lip Balm & Sugar Scrub – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks
  7. Tre Galli Gift Cards

When asked what’s they’d wish for, Angie said “For people to see the value of giving – especially young kids. More pay it forward type of experiences,” and Trestan asked for River Market food vouchers. “The food here is so good!” (we agree!)

Secret Santa: Community Edition # 6

Here’s number six in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 1234, and 5. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

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This instalment’s shopper is Erin Jeffery, aka Erin the Fantastic. She’s a resident, a volunteer and works for the Uptown Business Association and Tenth to the Fraser. Erin opted to shop for the Canadian Mental Health Association New Westminster Branch. “I used to work for them,” she said. “They do an inordinate amount of work. The staff really believe in their mission which includes education and housing support. Their thrift store is staffed entirely by volunteers with lived experience in mental health issues. Working there gives them an opportunity to get back into the workforce in a safe environment.”

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  1. Toffees – Canteen & Supply
  2. Popcorn – Donald’s Market
  3. Truffles – Donald’s Market
  4. Spiced Winter Cordial – Donald’s Market (makes 4 gallons of punch)
  5. Dark Chocolate Cranberry Chocolate Bar – Donald’s Market
  6. 3D Adventure Sticker Pad – Shnoo and the Pachooch (because they always have things there for the parents who need to have their kids drop at the office)
  7. Shortbread Cookies – Pamola Bakery

Erin’s wish if someone was shopping for her is probably one shared by many, many people. “Time – I would use it to balance out all the time I give to other people and take some for myself.”

Secret Santa: Community Edition # 4

Here’s number four in our River Market Secret Santa series. (Numbers 12 and 3. ) 

For many, the focus from everyday life turns towards the spirit of giving during the holiday season. This year River Market invited ten citizens from New Westminster to shop for gifts on River Market’s dollar. Many would say these citizens are actively engaged in making this wonderful city better each day. These individuals were tasked to hand pick each item which they thought would make a great gift and their only parameter was that they had $50 to spend. Once they were done their shopping, they would wrap the gift and deliver it to an organization of their choice in New West.

dsc_2386JJ Lee, well known New Westminster author (and Tenth contributor!) lives and writes in New West. “I write at my little table overlooking a little piece of uptown, and my kids were born here,” he says.

He selected the Queen’s Avenue Daycare Society as his secret Santa receiver. “They are a low barrier daycare centre. When I was on the board we made a point to keep the fees low.”

dsc_2389JJ bought crackers and cookies from Donald’s Market for the kids. “Snack time always as fruits and veggies and protein but does not always include starches as the dietary needs are so varied among the kids. I was able to buy a wide range of goodies so all the kids could have a treat.”

dsc_2387And for all your Secret Santas considering shopping for JJ, he says he is a terrible person to buy gifts for because “I am greedy and unappreciative, and I have particular taste. ”
He says he’d rather give than receive. Here’s a little story he wrote recently about the best gift he ever gave.