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.”
- Soaps – Donald’s Market
- Scratch and Wins – Paddlewheeler Liquor Store
- Lip protection – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks & Donald’s Market
- Solid Perfumes – Donald’s Market
- Bees wax candles – Donald’s Market
- Hand Lotion – Jolene’s Natural Soapworks
- Pepperoni – Donald’s Market
- 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!