This is the season to be giving

It is not always about getting and receiving! This holiday season, let’s remember the less fortunate ones and do a bit more to help out the community!

Gifts that give back - CANADAHELPS GIFT GUIDE

CanadaHelps is urging Canadians to forget the mall line-ups and instead give the gift of giving to those on your list. CanadaHelps.org is a one stop shop for giving that allows Canadians to donate to any Canadian charity with a few simple clicks. With over 86,000 Canadian charities listed on CanadaHelps, you can find the perfect present for mom, dad, grandparents, friends, clients/ colleagues and a favourite teacher all in one spot.

Make a donation in someone’s name to an issue or cause that is near and dear to their heart. If you’re not sure which charity to choose, you can purchase a CanadaHelps Charity Gift Card and recipients can donate that value to any Canadian charity through CanadaHelps.org.For more information and to search for your charity of choice, log onto www.canadahelps.org.

Help Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society

With the giving season upon us, residents in Metro Vancouver can help support local food banks by purchasing a limited edition box of PC Blue Menu Deluxe Cheddar Macaroni and Cheese Dinner.  In each $5 box, $1 cash onation and $4 -worth of nutritious, non-perishable food, including the box of macaroni and cheese, will go to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society. This unique box of mac n’ cheese is part of Loblaw Companies Limited 2011 Extra Helping National Holiday Food Drive, launched last month. From now to December 15, local Real Canadian Superstore, nofrills, Extra Food and Read Canadian Wholesale Club stores are encouraging shoppers to help re-stock the shelves of the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society and feed those in need in their communities.

This year, the goal is to raise $1.2 million and 1.2 million pounds of food for local food banks acrossCanada.

Bring your Holiday Spirit to The Sutton Place Hotel

845 Burrard Street  Vancouver, BCV6Z 2K6

(604) 682-5511 www.vancouve.suttonplace.com

Help celebrate the festive season while raising funds for a very worthy cause:

6th Annual Home for the Holidays Sutton Place Hotel

Now to January 4th, 2012

Come and view the gallery of trees that have been decorated by local

Vancouver designers, stagers and retailers. Choose your favourite tree and make a donation.

Festival of Trees at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

791W. Georgia Street(at Pacific Centre) 604-689-9333 www.fourseasons.com/vancouver

Now to January 5, 2011

Nothing will get you in the Christmas mood faster than a stroll through our lobby - now transformed into a festive forest of creatively decorated Christmas trees. The annual BC Children's Hospital Foundation fundraiser is a must-see holiday highlight.

Dundarave Festival of Lights


DundaraveBeach,West Vancouver www. 2mevents.com 

Now to January 6, 2012

Enter the forest of sparkling trees, enjoy free concerns while raising funds for North Shore Shelters.