The 11th annual Archway Toys for Tots Christmas Breakfast event presented by the Clarion Hotel will be held Sunday, November 26th from 10am to 1pm. The event collects toys and donations for the Christmas Bureau program of the Archway Food Bank.
Community members who bring gifts or donations can enjoy a free buffet breakfast along with live entertainment at the drop-in event at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre.
“It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season with your family,” said Food Bank Program Supervisor Rebecca Thuro. “We look forward to gathering with our community to help make Christmas a little brighter for thousands of our neighbours.”
With the ongoing increased need for food bank services, Thuro estimates they will give out more than 2,500 gifts this holiday season to children, youth and seniors along with the ingredients for a Christmas meal.
The Christmas Bureau toy room opens November 28th and all the toys donated at the event will go directly to stocking the currently empty shelves.
Live entertainment will be provided by Ryan McAllister, MEI Chamber Singers and the Screaming Eagles Marching Band, Mikey the Juggling Elf and the Abby Middle All-Stars. Cliff Prang is returning as the event emcee and attendees can have a photo and visit with Santa.
While the event title highlights toddlers, gifts are also collected for older children, teens and seniors. The new and unwrapped gifts are gathered into a toy mountain that grows throughout the event.
Toys can also be dropped off at the Archway Food Bank during the work week or at drop-off locations all over Abbotsford at participating sponsors in the month of November.
The Clarion Hotel and Conference Centre partners with Archway to host the event and other long-term sponsors like Envision Financial and Jag’s furniture help cover other event costs and provide volunteers to help run the event.
“This is one of our favourite events of the year to host,” said Daniel Laverick, General Manager at Clarion Hotel & Conference Centre. “We’re proud to partner with Archway on Toys for Tots and assist our community to get together and contribute to local families in need of some support this Christmas.”
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