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Daughter ‘thinks I’m an elf,’ says grateful Salvation Army volunteer

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Vancouver’s Suhaila Hamed has been volunteering at The Salvation Army so much that her seven-year-old daughter thinks she’s “working for Santa.”

“She thinks I’m an elf,” Hamed said with a laugh.The 41-year-old mother of three is a regular volunteer at the charity’s Vancouver Community and Family Services — one of 27 community organizations sponsored by The Province’s Empty Stocking Fund. While she donates her time year-round, she’s currently helping the organization with its Christmas Assistance program by packing food hampers and […]

Photograph by: Arlen Redekop , PROVINCE

Mom is hoping for a safer life for her family in Canada

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Trang Le knew she didn’t want to raise her children in Vietnam.“It’s just dangerous and it’s tough there,” said the 31-year-old, who moved back to Vancouver with her three-year-old son Alex in September.After living in B.C. for nearly 10 years, she returned home to Southeast Asia in 2010, where she got married and delivered her first son. But the only work she could find was helping her husband on a pig farm, and the access to health care was limited, […]

Nelson mom Nichole Hunt applied for a Christmas hamper from the local Salvation Army last year. She couldn't provide much of a Christmas for her two-year-old son and was very happy to be able to get a hamper and a few toys. Photo Credit The Province

Charity ‘put a light in me,’ says single mom

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When Nelson mom Nichole Hunt “very suddenly” split from her partner last year, she knew it wouldn’t be much of a Christmas for her young son.A few months after the devastating break-up in July 2014, she decided to move from Trail back to Nelson to be closer to friends and family.While the big move cut her “pretty short” financially — especially since it fell right before Christmas — it was the best decision for her and Lucian, now two-and-a-half-years-old.“It was […]

Photograph by: RICHARD LAM , PROVINCE

Helper’s work doesn’t go unnoticed

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For the past 21 years Stephen Trickett has been delivering toys, food and other donations to families in need across the Lower Mainland.

While he sounds a lot like one of Santa’s helpers, he’s actually helping struggling families year-round as a driver for the Salvation Army in Vancouver — one of 27 community organizations that count on donations from The Province’s Empty Stocking Fund, which launched its 97th fundraising year last week.

Christmas is one of Trickett’s favourite times of the year, […]

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Reaching out made her a better person

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Asking for help was one of the hardest things Kelly Jane Hanvey had to do, but when the Victoria mom was down to her last $20 and Christmas was coming, she had no choice but to reach out.“It was the most humbling experience of my life, because I had never needed to ask for anything,” said Hanvey, 36.A collision with a drunk driver in 2009 had left the mother of two with a number of long-term disabilities — nerve damage, […]