Eversafe Ranch is asking for support in its appeal to share the spirit of the season with women and children this Christmas.
On Dec. 22, Eversafe Ranch is hosting an Evening With Santa for about 60 families who might otherwise be waking up to empty stockings this Christmas morning.
For many reasons beyond their direct control, such as those fleeing abuse, not everyone is eligible for the Christmas Bureau or other programs.
“If you don’t have an address, you’re not eligible for the Christmas Bureau,” said Judith Ogden of Eversafe Doolittle Thrift Shop in Cloverdale.
“We sort of fill that gap.”
Eversafe Ranch is a registered charity started by Alan and Judy Daser. The organization helps families in need by providing furniture and housewares at no charge to those fleeing abuse.
The Evening with Santa includes gifts for each guest and a food hamper for each family.
Sponsors are needed to help sponsor families or a child – $150 will sponsor a mother and two children, and $50 will sponsor a child. Cash donations are also needed, along with donations of unwrapped Christmas gifts for children, and food items for hampers.
“Our main focus is on families,” she added. Along with working with Atira Women’s Resource Society, Eversafe is also working with a new shelter in Burnaby for women aged 55 and up.
One hundred per cent of the merchandise at Eversafe Doolittle Thrift Store is donated. The charity also finds new homes for rescue dogs.
The store opened on 176 Street a year ago in August, and quickly outgrew its storefront. The shop moved to a 3,000-square-foot location at 6541 176A Street in January.
“It’s a lot of work,” she said. “But it’s wonderful. We just love being here and we love helping people.”
Any donation over $10 will receive a tax deductible receipt.
For more information, call Judith or Judy at 778-574-1998.