Vancouver Firefighters Support 29th Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast
December 13, 2016 | Vancouver, BC - On December 13, the Pan Pacific Vancouver opened its doors for the 29th Annual Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast in support of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau, and Vancouver Firefighters were on hand to lend their support building a mountain of toys within the hotel itself, before loading up the truck to move everything to the LMCB later in the morning.
This year’s breakfast was another record-breaker for the Pan Pacific - over 5,000 people attended the breakfast (and that means just as many breakfasts were served in thanks!), and they generously donated over 22 tons of toys, 2,000 bicycles, and several thousand dollars in cash. The toys alone filled over 100 feet of tractor trailer space - and this was all done in just three hours! Each year, this event is one of the biggest toy drives in Vancouver, and in supporting the LMCB, helps to ensure that every child has a smile on their face during the Christmas season.
While the Vancouver Firefighter Charities always supports this amazing event, including a donation of $5,000 to the LMCB as part of the Clothes for Kids Program, this year there was a little something extra to add. Our big gift this year was to reveal a brand new program under the Vancouver Firefighter Charities umbrella - Toys for Kids has come to life thanks to the generosity of the Lloyd and Elsie Campbell Foundation. We have been gifted with a legacy donation per year administered by the Vancouver Foundation, dedicated to purchasing toys for children during the Christmas season - combined with toy matching from London Drugs and funding from Payroll Donations, we presented $40,000 worth of toys to the breakfast (the $45,000 cheque presentation was to represent the total value of contributions to the breakfast that day - note it is not an additional cash donation).
We are honored to have been named alongside some amazing charitable organizations, including Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, the Make-a-Wish Foundation BC & Yukon, the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information about the Toys for Kids Program, keep an eye on our website!
Photo credit: Dane Straith, Vancouver Firefighter.