More than 5,000 generous Vancouver residents donated 17+ tons of toys, 1,000 bikes and over $22,000 in cash to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau at Pan Pacific Vancouver‘s annual Christmas Wish Breakfast on November 26th.
Pan Pacific Vancouver started hosting the event in 1987. Since that time, it has grown and become an established Vancouver tradition. Pan Pacific Vancouver works closely with longtime supporters, Global TV and Rock 101 FM.
“This is our biggest event of the year,” says Chris Bayliss, executive director of the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau. “Because of the generosity of everyone who attended, we will be able to take care of thousands of families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to celebrate Christmas.”
Everyone who turned up between 6:00 and 9:00 am to donate a toy was treated to a gourmet breakfast prepared by the culinary team at Pan Pacific Vancouver. Executive Chef Bob Wiles and the Pan Pacific culinary team served up 11,000 eggs, 11,642 sausages, 1,152 pounds of hash browns and 4,600 croissants.The crowd was entertained by the joyful singers from the Good Noise Gospel Choir and the entire event was broadcast live on Global TV and Rock 101.
Volunteers from the City of Vancouver Fire Department stacked the toys into a two storey high “tree” and then loaded all of the toys into Williams Moving trucks for transport to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau warehouse, where they will be sorted and distributed to families in need.
For more details and photos of the event, visit the Pan Pacific Vancouver blog at roomwithaviewblog.com.