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SURREY, B.C. – The Surrey-based City Dream Centre is excited to be starting preparations for one of its favourite things - the annual Adopt a School Christmas Project.

Media are invited to see the “wrapping fun” this Sunday as City Dream Centre’s 200 volunteers wrap 2600 gifts for kids in multiple “adopted” inner-city schools in the Lower Mainland, and provide 500 food hampers to families in need.

Date: Sunday, December 10, 2023

Time: 2:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Place: Pacific Academy (Intermediate Gym) – 10238 168th Street, Surrey, B.C.

The City Dream Centre was inspired by a visit years ago to the Los Angeles Dream Centre by Loretta Hibbs, the Surrey charity’s founder and president. “It’s an honour to bring these kids tangible proof that they are loved, and that Christmas is inclusive, regardless of their culture or religious beliefs,” Hibbs says. “City Dream Centre is committed to ensuring that hope, dignity, and value exist for everyone.”

“The work City Dream Centre does is more than just a once-a-year effort,” adds Surrey City Councillor Linda Annis. “City Dream Centre ‘s Adopt-a-School program works closely year-round with teachers, school administrators and the Surrey School Board to provide food, clothing, hygiene packs, dental care and other essential services. Their efforts, and this kind of support, strengthen our community and build happier and healthier lives for people in need.”

In 2022, City Dream Centre provided:

  • Family food hampers for 234,540 meals 
  • 3000 wrapped Christmas gifts 
  • A fully-equipped mobile dental care unit
  • New and used clothing
  • 180 weekend feeding kits each week throughout the school year

For more information about City Dream Centre, visit citydreamcentre.com.