During a “Bring on the Balls” event in 2018, members of Guildford-based Sutton Premier Realty brought hundred of sports balls and dozens of baskets for teens to the Surrey Christmas Bureau. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

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‘Bring on the Balls’ drive launched by Surrey realty company months ahead of Christmas

Balls and money for Surrey Christmas Bureau collected at Sutton Premier Realty office in Guildford

Christmas is more than two months from now, but one Surrey realty company is already collecting items for donation to local teens.

Sutton Premier Realty’s playful “Bring on the Balls” campaign has bounced in for another year, in an effort to collect and then distribute balls – for soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball and other sports – to those in need.

The 2017, the first year of the campaign, more than 260 sports balls were delivered to Surrey Christmas Bureau for distribution, with a similar number donated last year.

• RELATED STORY, with video: Realty group donates gifts for teens to Surrey Christmas Bureau, from 2018.

“It was brought to our attention that out of 4,000 kids who rely on the Surrey Christmas Bureau, 900 teenagers were left without gifts,” Sadaf Baig, managing broker with the firm, said about the launch of the campaign.

“No child should be overlooked on Christmas,” Baig added. “Physical activity should be a fun part of a child’s life and is essential for healthy development, so we have vowed to bring on the balls! Are you ready to take on this challenge with us? Do you have the balls?”

The public is invited to bring donations of balls and money to the Sutton Premier Realty office at 15483 104th Ave., in Guildford. “The sports equipment is mainly purchased through a combination of direct donations from realtors and their fundraising projects throughout the year,” a release notes.

The team also puts together dozens of Christmas gift baskets specifically for teenagers in need.



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