Volunteer for Richmond Christmas Fund selling teddy bears and stars for donation.

On November 18, over 150 guests attended Volunteer Richmond’s annual Richmond Christmas event hosted by Aspac Developments Ltd. at the River Green Story Centre.

Aspac led the way as venue sponsor and generously donated $10,000 to the Richmond Christmas Fund. A total of $18,000 was raised that night which includes the contribution by Aspac, silent auction, ticket sales, and donations through the selling of stars and teddy bears.

Heart-warming speeches were made by Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Councillor Greg Halsey-Brandt, Ms. Karen Tung of Aspac Developments, Elizabeth Specht, chair of Volunteer Richmond and the Richmond Christmas Fund.

On behalf of Aspac Developments, Ms. Tung said in her speech, “Here at the River Green Story Centre, we are raising money to provide toys and gifts for low-income families in Richmond. Christmas should be a special and joyful time. Without this program, however, many people in the community would not have much to celebrate at this time of year. We are very thankful that Volunteer Richmond and all of its dedicated volunteers contribute so much time and energy for the Richmond Christmas Fund.”

As guests gathered together for this special night, they also bid on silent auction items, listened to some great music, and munched on food donated by Charlie and Nelia Lopez of Grill 7, who were once recipients of the Richmond Christmas Fund program. At the end of the night, guests were surprised by delicious cream puff desserts that were also donated by Beard Papa.

Aspac is honoured to have been a part of this event and able to support the local community of Richmond.

The Richmond Christmas Fund, an initiative by Volunteer Richmond, provides low-income families the opportunity to have Christmas through donated gifts, Christmas hampers and grocery vouchers.