The mining community came together on Dec. 16 to support local families in need during the 11th Annual Toy Drive in Vancouver.
About 400 people attended this year’s event, bringing in more than 300 toys and $11,000, according to organizer Heather Kays, who manages corporate communications for Adamera Minerals (TSXV: ADZ). She said the event shows that miners are willing to “dig deep” to support a good cause, despite the depressed industry.
“The mining industry has been hit badly over the last few years. But every year I look forward to organizing this event, because when I pick up the phone to call companies to sponsor, I am always greeted with enthusiasm and a true desire to help,” Kays said.
“The event started 11 years ago, with a few companies getting together for an afternoon celebration to collect toys and donations for the local community,” she said. This years’ event was sponsored by 17 companies.
The toys and cash donations went to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau and the Empty Stocking Fund. These charities work to ensure families in need can celebrate during the holiday season.
The drive was held at the local Moose’s Down Under Bar and Grill, which donated the room and food for the evening.