XMAS GIVING: Help Share help others

Wine tasting is just one of the attractions at the annual Unwrapped — A Charitable Night of Shopping, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Coquitlam Centre mall. - Submitted photo
Wine tasting is just one of the attractions at the annual Unwrapped — A Charitable Night of Shopping, which will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at Coquitlam Centre mall.
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Share Family and Community Services needs your help this holiday season.

Volunteers are needed to help sort food and toys, drive the truck to pick up food, wrap gifts at Coquitlam Centre and help out with special events.

“We rely on volunteers to make our Christmas campaign work,” said Share’s Heather Scott. “There’s a position for almost anybody.”

The food bank and toy shop need office assistants to accept donations and answer phones, Christmas hamper packers (must be able to lift heavy boxes), food sorters to weigh and carry boxes, and truck drivers to pick up donations.

This year, Share will host a family night from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 21 (space is limited). Parents can introduce their children to volunteer work by sorting food and packing hampers. To volunteer or to reserve your spot, call 604-931-2451 or email

As well, more than 55 volunteers are needed for Unwrapped — A Charitable Night of Shopping at Coquitlam Centre mall. The event, co-sponsored by The Tri-City News, takes place Nov. 22 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and features an evening of fashion trends, one-night-only discounts and festive tunes. Older teenagers looking to file service hours can volunteer to set up starting at 3 p.m. To volunteer during the event, you must be 19 years or older, energetic and comfortable being around the public.

As well, the CP Rail Holiday Train rolls into Port Moody on Dec. 17 at Queen Street and Clarke Avenue. The annual family event will feature live music.

To volunteer for Unwrapped or the Holiday Train, call Heather Stacey at 604-529-5107 or email

As well, from Dec. 2 to 24, during mall hours, more than 500 shifts will need to be filled for gift wrapping and at the Share Christmas Tree at Coquitlam Centre. To volunteer your time, call Ruth at 604-529-5104.

For more opportunities to volunteer throughout the holiday season, visit and view the upcoming calendar, or follow Share on Twitter (@SHAREFamily) and Facebook (



Toys are needed for teenage boys, girls aged nine to 12 years and infants up to two years. Drop unwrapped items off during food bank hours (9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Mondays, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays) at 2615 Clarke St., Port Moody. Toys can also be dropped off at the administration office (200-25 King Edward St., Coquitlam) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.



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