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12 Days of Local Shopping Ideas: Giving Back

Ho, ho, ho! ’Tis that time of year again! Every day for the next 9 days we’ll be sharing local shopping gift ideas for your loved ones, and best of all — you can buy them all right here in the village. Day 4 is for the person who loves giving back rather than receiving gifts at christmas time. So we’ve gathered some non-profit organization that take donations to help people and animals throughout the year.

A Loving Spoonful

A Loving Spoonful is a volunteer-driven, non-partisan Society that provides free, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS in Greater Vancouver. Every week, all year round for over 19 years, volunteers deliver approximately 1200 frozen meals and over 250 snack packs to men, women and children who are primarily homebound with AIDS. The average meal cost is only $3.55. A Loving Spoonful is the constant support of over 250 adults and children living with HIV/AIDS throughout the Greater Vancouver area.

Address: 1449 Powell Street

Donate: Here

Instagram: @AlovingSpoonful

Free Geek

Free Geek is a nonprofit community organization that reduces the environmental impact of waste electronics by reusing and recycling donated technology. Through community engagements and donations Free Geek provides education, job skills training, Internet access and free or low cost computers to the public!

Address: 1820 Pandora Street, East Vancouver

Donate: Here

Instagram: @FreeGeekVancouver

Hastings Sunrise CPC

Your tax-deductible donations can have a direct and immediate impact on the safety and livability of our Hastings Sunrise community. Every dollar goes into filling the gap between the basic funding of the CPC, through funds from the city and other grants, and the actual cost of providing all the services outlined on the website. The Hastings Sunrise CPC is registered as a charity with the Government of Canada. For any donation over $20, you are eligible to receive a tax receipt.

Address: 2620 East Hastings Street

Donate: Here

Facebook: @HSCPCVan

Vokra

Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA) is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organization dedicated to the rescue of cats in the Lower Mainland. They also coordinate rescue work with other groups in BC. VOKRA has a no-kill policy and does not operate as a traditional shelter. Instead, they have more than 350 individual foster homes throughout the Lower Mainland. In this way they’re able to protect the very young from colds, distemper, parasites and other transmissible illnesses. In a home environment, cats are safe and well socialized, with lots of love and attention. VOKRA covers all of the costs and provides ongoing support to foster families.

Address: 2028 Wall Street

Donate: Here

Instagram: @vokra

Aboriginal Mother Center

The Aboriginal Mother Centre is dedicated to moving mothers and children at risk off the streets. It provides, all under one roof, the support, tools and resources a mother needs to rebuild her health, self esteem and skills to regain and retain her child. The centre, grounded in a grass roots setting, creates a healing community to nurture children and families to become vital members of their communities.

Address:  2019 Dundas Street

Donate: Here

Facebook: @AMCSDaycare

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House

Kiwassa is a non-profit organization that relies on many sources for funding, including all levels of government, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, numerous foundations and granting agencies. They also rely on donations from the community, and undertake a variety of fundraising activities. The Kiwassa Sustainability Fund was created at Vancouver Foundation to help grow their long-term capacity to serve the community. All donations placed in this fund will remain in perpetuity and only the interest earned will be used to sustain our work in the community with children, youth, families, adults and seniors.

Address: 2425 Oxford Street, East Vancouver

Donate: Here

Facebook: @KiwassaNH

The Kettle Society

For 40 years The Kettle has lent a hand to those in need – offering a safe space to be, a cup of coffee, a hearty lunch, and most importantly friendship and acceptance. The Kettle meet people wherever they are on their journey. They wrap housing, programs and services around people living with mental illness so they can have something that many take for granted; better mental health and a better life. Mental illness, poverty, and homelessness don’t take a day off. Your donation will allow them to stay open 365 days a year and provide hope to our members. Hope that is vital to recovery.

Address: 1784 East Hastings Street

Donate: Here

Facebook: @The KettleSociety