SOURCE: Our Place Society

Our Place Society

December 16, 2015 11:00 ET

Churches Help Poor With Angel Gifts

Over 750 Presents Will Be Delivered to People in Need

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - December 16, 2015) - For the last three years, Our Place volunteer Linda Ryder has dedicated her Christmas to collecting as many presents as possible. But before you get jealous, she then gives all of them away to vulnerable people who might otherwise go without.

Ryder runs Angel Gifts, a program that has been in existence for 13 years with co-ordination passed from hand to hand. Through the generosity of her fellow Our Place volunteers, local churches, schools, community groups and government offices, Ryder is planning to hand out over 750 personalized presents to people living in poverty on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

"It means so much to people to receive a gift that is meant just for them," says Ryder. "I get so many hugs that I can't stop smiling."

Each gift has an approximate value of $40, and "angels" are encouraged to add a personal message to the recipient.

"It's truly wonderful to witness the community coming together like this and spread the true meaning of Christmas," says Don Evans, executive director of Our Place. "Each gift is greeted with a smile of appreciation, and the occasional giggle, which warms all our hearts."

Great Photo/Video Opportunity:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 16, family members will be receiving their Angel Gifts beginning at 9 a.m. in Our Place Chapel, 2nd floor, 919 Pandora Avenue.

Our Place is an inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, individuals with mental health and physical challenges, and the homeless. It provides 45 transitional housing units, over 1,600 meals per day, hot showers, free clothing, counseling and outreach services. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.

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