For the past 20 years the West End Neighbourhood of Vancouver has passionately supported a holiday toy drive. The campaign supports West End families who struggle to secure gifts for their children during the holidays. This year the Attic Thrift Store at Gordon Neighbourhood House is coordinating the initiative in a unique way. Rather than assigning gifts to families based on gender or age, the toys are made available at a very low-cost in the Attic Thrift Store on Broughton Street. This promotes a more dignified experience, where parents leave knowing that they not only selected and paid for an item for their child, but also they’ve become a donor to Gordon Neighbourhood House. 100% of the proceeds from sales at the Attic Thrift Store support the programs, initiatives and activities of Gordon Neighbourhood House.
“As a child in a low income family I can still recall sifting though a bag marked ‘6 boy’ that was full of an odd assortment of toys and clothing. It certainly didn’t feel like the experience I saw people having on television and more often than not the clothes didn’t fit and I never really developed an affinity for Hot Wheels toy cars. At Gordon Neighbourhood House we focus on creating dignified experiences for parents to select and purchase the items that they think their kids would enjoy for $1-$5/item.” recalls Gordon Neighbourhood House’s executive director Paul Taylor.
“The toy drive is a highly anticipated event amongst our team – it is great to see our neighbours select an appropriate toy for their child, and feel empowered doing so,” remarked thrift store volunteer Mojgan Abolhassani.
This is not unusual at The Attic however; everyday the thrift store provides thousands of high quality items at affordable prices. Over the 20 years that the store has been in operation on the second floor of Gordon Neighbourhood House, the thrift shop has saved West End residents millions of dollars, and has recycled tonnes of donated clothing and household items.
This year The Attic is partnering with the West End Business Improvement Association , Lumiere Festival, and the Denman Place Mall for the annual toy drive. The Mall has already pledged $600 dollars worth of toys, and is challenging local businesses to match their contribution.
Gordon Neighbourhood House staff and volunteers are thrilled to help this amazing initiative.
“We see the happiness and joy on the faces of our customers, and are excited to continue this worthwhile tradition for another year,” said Agata Feetham, the Program Director at Gordon Neighbourhood House.
On Saturday December 12th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm Gordon Neighbourhood House is hosting a lantern-making workshop at the Jim Deva Plaza, followed by a lantern procession to the Denman Place Mall at 5:00pm as part of the Lumiere Festival . Staff and volunteers will be on site to accept donated toys for the toy drive.
If you are interested in participating in the toy drive, please drop off new and unwrapped toy at Gordon Neighbourhood House or the Denman Place Mall by December 18th. The Attic thrift store is open 7 days a week at Gordon Neighbourhood House. You might as we’ll also stop in and see what treasure you find for yourself.