Making a difference
It's TOOB's 
Christmas Hamper Time

A Proud TOOB Tradition
TOOB packed its first Christmas hampers almost 40 years ago.  TOOB continues to be an organizer and a driving force behind Delta’s Christmas Hamper program.

How does each food hamper get filled?
Every year TOOB collects food from Delta schools, money from Deltassist and Delta’s service clubs.  We pack donated non-perishable items into the hampers.  We use the money raised to purchase items that are not donated and we put them into the hampers.  Local farmers donate produce for the hampers. 

Where will the assembling of hampers take place?
Paridon Horticultural, located at 5985 – 104 Street (about 2 km. north of the East Delta Hall) donates its warehouse to us to use as our packing location.

Why is TOOB so involved with this project?
This year we anticipate that we will need to pack and deliver 650 to 700 hampers.  This project is a good way to fulfill our mission of providing assistance to allDeltans in need.

TOOB makes a call to action.
The Christmas Hamper Project is a very big one which requires a lot of manpower. We are asking TOOB members & friends to volunteer some time for this worthy project. 

How you can help -
Respond & volunteer to this call to action. There are a variety of jobs available from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on following dates:

December   8- 9:
- picking up collected foods from schools 
- assembling boxes for hampers at Paridon

December 12-16: sorting & filling hampers at Paridon

December 17 - delivery of hampers

Volunteers (two per vehicle) will pick up hampers for delivery beginning at 9:00 a.m. on December 17 at the Paridon warehouse.  Normal cars can be used but pickup trucks, vans and SUV’s work better.            

For more information:
TOOB’s Secretary, David Fredricksen, is organizing the volunteer work force.  Please contact David to let him know your interest to participate, when & how you are able to help out with this project.

David’s contact information is:  Email (preferred) -
Cell or text: 778-887-1757 or Home phone: 604-948-0228

'Old bastards' with giving hearts

(Comments from  volunteers on past Christmas Hamper Project)

. . .  we both enjoyed seeing how happy, thankful and grateful the recipients were, which gave us a real good feeling of being proud to be a TOOB.

. . . .  those who delivered the hampers were rewarded extremely well by the recipients' expressions of gratitude.  I believe those that work behind the scenes are the ones who deserve a special thanks since their contribution is unseen by those who benefit, and they do not have the opportunity to see  how meaningful their efforts are.

. . . You unfortunately see some people that are living in conditions that are tough -- it seems mostly single mothers with one or two small kids living in very humble circumstances. ... and the appreciation they exhibit for the stuff we bring  -- and we're just the delivery guys -- the look on their faces and the genuine thanks is very rewarding. 

Your gift of time will ensure the success of this Christmas project.
Per the words of Foster Richardson, a current TOOB member,  "Two things you can be assured of when you help out, the pay is not great but the satisfaction sure is!"

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