The Richmond Christmas Fund depends on donations from the community to continue carrying out its mission. We created this page to recognize the individuals, community groups, and businesses who have contributed to the program. By doing so, they've helped ensure that Richmond families in need are able to share in the holiday spirit, and for that, we offer our heartfelt thanks.


Special Giving Programs


Over the past two years, Richmond Realtors have raised over $25,000 for the Christmas Fund. We're delighted to announce that Patti Martin and Anne Piché are leading the Richmond Christmas Fund Realtor Challenge again in 2013. 


Community supporters

On December 20, the snowiest day of the year, two members of Richmond Firefighters Local 1286 braved the weather and made their way to the Richmond Christmas Fund office to donate three boxes of toys. 


 
This holiday season, the Richmond Branch of RBC Dominion Securities held a toy drive in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund. Pictured here are RBC’s Mark Husken and Elisa Lok with some of the toys their team collected.

 
Kenyon Whitney, age 6, recently stopped by the Richmond Christmas Fund office to donate $62 he received on his birthday.

 
On December 14, the Richmond Youth Soccer Association and the Richmond Girls Soccer Association held a toy drive at Hugh Boyd Community Park, with all donations going to the Richmond Christmas Fund. In total, the clubs, which include players aged 4 to 17, collected two truckloads full of toys, as well as nearly $200 in cash donations. In this photo, Tania Webster, Administrator of the Richmond Youth Soccer Association, and Stew MacPherson, Executive Director of the Richmond Girls Soccer Association, deliver the toys to the Christmas Fund.

 
For the fifth year in a row, YVR for Kids sponsored the Richmond Christmas Fund’s Skate with Santa event, held December 15 at Minoru Arenas. The event gives children who have registered with the Christmas Fund an opportunity to skate for free alongside Santa at Minoru’s Winter Wonderland. Pictured here with the $5,000 sponsorship cheque are YVR for Kids Co-Founders Wayne Duzita (left) and Brian Flagel, and YVR for Kids Chair Cheryl Hendrickson. Since 1991, YVR for Kids has donated over $3.2 million to multiple BC children’s charities.

 
Richmond Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Craig Jones (left) and Chamber Chair Brian Williams (right) present Elizabeth Specht and Wayne Duzita of the Richmond Christmas Fund with a cheque for $3,000. The money was raised at the Chamber’s Annual Christmas Luncheon, held December 12 at the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Since 1980, the event has raised approximately $50,000 for the Christmas Fund. Photo by Robert Plowman

 
In 2013, the Richmond Auto Mall’s Windows of Hope, a fundraising event for the Richmond Christmas Fund, celebrated its tenth year. For the event, car dealerships and other businesses in the Auto Mall sponsor windows, which are then painted with holiday scenes by volunteers. Last year’s event raised a record $24,000. This year’s event, held November 26, broke that record, with $27,000 raised. The public is encouraged to visit the Auto Mall and see all 22 painted windows, which will remain on display through January 5. In this photo, the Auto Mall's Kim Clarke (left) and Gail Terry (second from right) present the donation to the Christmas Fund's Wayne Duzita and Elizabeth Specht. Photo by Robert Plowman

 
On Tourism Richmond’s Day of Giving, held November 28, participating Tourism Richmond members donated a percentage of their sales to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Those donations were then matched by Tourism Richmond. In total, the campaign raised $4,779. In this photo, Tourism Richmond CEO Tracy Lakeman (second from left) presents the cheque to the Christmas Fund’s Wayne Duzita and Elizabeth Specht, who are joined by Volunteer Richmond President Mary Kemmis (far right). On the left is Colbin Wong, of Cora Breakfast & Lunch, who took part in the campaign along with Living Café, Lulu Island Winery, Mad Greek Restaurant, MoMa Contemporary Bistro, and the Fowl Farmer


WorkSafeBC gave the gift of literacy in the form of $1000's worth of books! Pictured here is Harmony ...

... And then another WorkSafeBC department donated a whole truckload of toys!



The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association donated a whole vanful of toys. The toys were collected at their annual Christmas party. Pictured here are Madeleine and Michael.


 
Wayne Duzita, Richmond Christmas Fund Community Chair, is presented with a cheque for $1,650.60 by Kelly Mostat and Dr. Michael Schaufele of the Richmond Animal Hospital. For the second year in a row, the Richmond Animal Hospital offered nail trims by donation throughout November, with all proceeds going to the Christmas Fund. Since 2012, Schaufele and his team have raised over $3,500.

 
The Richmond Bar Dinner, organized by Eric Schroter, Gary Cohen, and Gary Hagel, raised $13,500 for the Christmas Fund. A complete recap of the event, held November 21 at River Rock Casino, can be viewed here.

 
On December 5, the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise held their annual breakfast in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund, where they presented the program with a $3,000 donation and bags full of toys and books. Pictured here from the Rotary Club of Richmond Sunrise are Christine Brodie (left) and Club President Kal Mahal (second from right), along with the Christmas Fund’s Wayne Duzita and Elizabeth Specht.

 
Danny Cheung, owner of Danny’s Wun Tun Restaurant, presents a $2,000 cheque to the Richmond Christmas Fund, represented here by Wayne Duzita. Over the years, Danny and his wife Joyce have contributed well over $10,000 to the program, which assists low-income families during the holiday season.

 
On Monday, November 25,  Foresters and the Pacific Woodworkers Guild donated 300 handmade wooden cars to the Richmond Christmas Fund. During Christmas Fund registration, happening November 30 to December 14, the cars will be distributed to children from low-income families. Pictured here are the Christmas Fund’s Elizabeth Specht and the Pacific Woodworkers Guild’s Dave Adshead.

 
Former MLA Rob Howard (left) presents a $1,500 cheque to the Richmond Christmas Fund, represented here by Elizabeth Specht and Wayne Duzita. The donation was part of the reserve fund from Rob Howard’s Community Appreciation Luncheon.

 
Wayne Moriarty, Editor-in-Chief of The Province newspaper, and Wayne Duzita, Richmond Christmas Fund Community Chair, at the launch of the 95th edition of the Empty Stocking Fund. The Province Empty Stocking Fund raises money for over two dozen organizations and programs that offer assistance to the less fortunate during the holidays. The Richmond Christmas Fund is a long-time beneficiary, this year receiving $11,300.

 
Maple Freight Partnership has donated $2,000 to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Pictured here (left to right) for the cheque presentation are staff members Maggie Chen, Stella Xu, Shirley Lai, Sandra Chiu, Bonnie Chu, Sophia Choi, the Christmas Fund’s Wayne Duzita and Elizabeth Specht, Matthew Wong, Alvin Ng, Tina Tse, Raphael Chan, Terry Lee, and Helen Wong. Maple Freight Partnership is represented on the Christmas Fund Roundtable by Bonnie Chu.

 
The staff of the SmartCentres Richmond office are the latest happy contributors to the Richmond Christmas Fund. Pictured here are (left to right): Brent Savard, Claudio Ramirez, Cristiana Velero, Deniel Lopez, Lisa Lam, Alan Lee, Mike Gilman, the Christmas Fund’s Wayne Duzita and Elizabeth Specht, Dave Major, and Sandra Kaiser.




The Richmond Christmas Fund gratefully acknowledges the financial support of The Province Empty Stocking Fund.


Each year, the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau generously donates toys to the Richmond Christmas Fund. We thank them for their Santa-sized contribution.