Terrace RCMP members at the 2018 Cram-A-Cruiser event. This year, RCMP are asking for monetary donations to comply with COVID-19 public health orders. (Terrace RCMP)

Terrace RCMP members at the 2018 Cram-A-Cruiser event. This year, RCMP are asking for monetary donations to comply with COVID-19 public health orders. (Terrace RCMP)

Wrap a door, cram a cruiser: How you can donate this holiday season

There are several holiday drives and charitable opportunities in Terrace, despite COVID-19

The holiday season is underway, and there are several ways people in the Terrace community can share in the spirit of giving. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has modified her COVID-19 restrictions to allow drop-off donations and gift events.

The Ksan Society and the Terrace Salvation Army are facilitating the Terrace Churches’ Toy drive until Dec. 11. New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the Zion Baptist Church at 2911 Sparks St. Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to noon or the Salvation Army during business hours. Contact Brad Reid at brad@zionbaptist.ca to designate an alternate drop off location and time.

The Terrace Women’s Resource Centre Society (TWRCS) is seeking new hygiene products and small gifts for women at the Ksan Transition House. People can also donate colouring books and craft supplies for children. Donations can be dropped off at 4553 Park Ave. Email equity@twrc.ca or call (250) 638-0228 for more information.

Terraceview Lodge is seeking donations to “wrap a door for Christmas.” The R.E.M Lee Hospital Foundation is receiving the funds which will go towards door wraps that cover the standard beige doors at the lodge and simulate a colourful front door that matches the “unique and vibrant personalities of the people living in these rooms.” Twenty-seven doors have already been wrapped, with 72 remaining. Each fire retardant door wrap costs $400.

According to a Terraceview Lodge brochure, “These door wraps not only look amazing, they also provide way-finding cues for those who find it difficult to remember where their room is.”

The Terrace Christmas Pyjama Drive has started taking donations of pyjamas for children in need. Drop off a new pair of pyjamas sized between newborn and age 16 at Terrace Totem Ford, Terrace Toyota or All Seasons Source for Sports. The pyjamas will be distributed by Ksan Society and the Kermode Friendship Society. Last year 105 pairs of pyjamas were donated.

This year is Terrace RCMP’s tenth annual Cram-A-Cruiser event in partnership with Safeway and Save-On-Foods. This years’ event will be different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of collecting physical food items, the RCMP is asking for monetary donations. On Saturday, Dec. 12, members of the community can donate at Safeway and Save-On-Foods between 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Past Cram-A-Cruiser events have collected up to 5,500 pounds of food for the Terrace Food Bank.

The Terrace Public Library’s Food for Fines initiative returns this year. During the month of December, the library will forgive overdue book fines in exchange for non-perishable food items for the Terrace Churches Food Bank.

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