Ways to give back in Burnaby this holiday season and beyond

A little goes a long way. ❤️

By Simran Singh | November 25, 2021 |5:00 am

Looking for ways to give back in Burnaby? As we approach the holiday season, there is no shortage of ways to help your community out. We’ve compiled a list of some groups and organizations in the city looking for support and donations throughout the holidays and beyond.

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Studio Brewing’s Holiday Meat Draw 

One of Burnaby’s most popular breweries is raising money for Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver with its holiday meat draw. On December 18, come on down to Studio Brewing to enter in on the meat raffle (good news vegans, there are also meatless options available). More details here.
When: Saturday, Dec 18
Where: Studio Brewing—5792 Beresford St
Time: 12 – 8 pm

Be a Santa to a Senior 

Burnaby residents will have the opportunity to bring some positivity to seniors this holiday season by donating a gift through Home Instead’s Be a Santa Senior Program. Folks can visit London Drugs at 4970 Kingsway in Burnaby and look for a Christmas tree on display. The tree is decorated with ornaments that include gift requests from local seniors. The requests range from slippers, and blankets to necessities like toiletries. Shoppers can choose an ornament and buy the requested gift for a senior in need and return it unwrapped to the store with the ornament attached. Click here for more information.

Rotary Coats for Kids 

The Rotary Club of Metrotown is organizing a winter coat drive for kids. Until January 31, 2022, you can drop off new or gently used coats at the following locations:

  • Jagmeet Singh’s Community Office in South Burnaby—4940 Kingsway
  • Peter Julian’s Office—888 Carnarvon St #110, New Westminster
  • South Burnaby Neighbourhood House—4460 Beresford St
  • North Burnaby Neighbourhood House—4908 Hastings St

Help the Burnaby Society to End Homelessness raise funds for its mobile shower 


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On Giving Tuesday (Nov 30) Society to End Homelessness is looking to raise $2,000 to fund its upcoming shower program for a year. The program aims to help reduce the stigma homeless individuals face by proving them with a hot shower and hygiene products. Donate here.

Help fill up Burnaby’s community fridges

The Burnaby Community Fridge has two locations where folks can donate fresh grocery items. The fridges are located at 4760 Imperial St and the SFU Student Building at #1341-SUB 3100, 8888 University Drive. Learn more about what you can donate here.

Burnaby’s Free Little Pantry is looking for a location to setup 

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The Edmonds community “Hi Neighbour” initiative is currently working to set up a free little pantry in the neighbourhood, which would provide free food and hygiene items for folks to take whenever needed. The group is currently looking for a location to set up the pantry and is reaching out to community members in Edmonds who have space available on their private property to do so. If you’re able to help, contact Community Builder Mary Blanca at

Silent auction 

My Artist’s Corner (MAC), a non-profit organization providing art classes for Burnaby and New Westminster residents living with mental health issues, is hosting an online silent auction from Dec 10-19 to raise money for equipment and supplies for its 2022 programming. More items will be added in the coming weeks. You can participate here. 

Physio Collective’s Holiday Food Drive 


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Burnaby’s Physio Collective is hosting its annual Holiday Food Drive from December 1st to December 23rd. They will be collecting non-perishable food items for those in need and donating $1 for every pound of food we raise to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. They are also are accepting cash donations to support the Greater Vancouver Food Bank (GVFB). Learn more here.

Simran Singh

Managing Editor at Burnaby Beacon

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