Annual Abbotsford event continues to break records
KELLY NEUFELD—ABBOTSFORD COMMUNITY SERVICES—SUBMITTED PHOTO
Fundraiser breakfast brought in a truckload of cash and toys.
he sixth annual Toys for Tots Breakfast on November 23rd raised a record-breaking $60,976 and 2,657 toys for children in need over the holidays. The record was achieved in part by a $20,000 matching gift from an anonymous donor.
“Once again we’re blown away by the generosity of Abbotsford,” said event organizer Rebecca Thuro.
The event, held at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, offered a free buffet breakfast to anyone who dropped off a donation.
Organizers say this year’s event was also the best attended event ever. In 2017, the event raised $58,400 and more than 2,000 toys.
“Not only do the gifts give children something to open on Christmas morning, it gives hope to their parents and caregivers that the community cares about their family,” said Dave Murray, manager of the Abbotsford Community Services Food Bank.
The event included Cliff Prang as emcee, a photo booth, a visit from Santa, and live Christmas music featuring the MEI Chamber Singers, the band Coalmont, Ever After Princesses, Ryan McAllister and more.
Sponsors included Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, Envision Financial, Teamwork Property Management and a host of Gold, Silver and Table sponsors.
A drive-thru for drop-offs was open for those who didn’t have time to stay for breakfast.
The toys go to the Christmas Bureau – which operates as the Abbotsford Community Services Food Bank the rest of the year – where families in need can shop for gifts for their children.
The agency expects to help more than 1,200 children this season. The Food Bank is one of 90 programs offered by Abbotsford Community Services.
Visit the AbbotsfordFoodBank.com website for more information on donating or sponsoring a family in need.