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1,000 Food Hampers on the way to Surrey Families

City Dream Centre puts $46,523 from SurreyCares to work

On June 17th we announced that a $46,523 grant to City Dream Centre was made possible through the Government of Canada’s new $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund which saw over $900,000 allocated to SurreyCares.

City Dream Centre works to provide hope, dignity and a sense of value to families, seniors and individuals in need in Surrey.

“The City Dream Centre program supported through this grant will deliver 1000 food hampers to individuals and families in need due to the Covid19 crisis,” said Christine Buttkus, Executive Director of SurreyCares. “Our goal at SurreyCares is to put the over $900,000 allocated to us to work here in Surrey, and these food hampers are a practical way to help families in need.”

The federal program is a national partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, United Way Centraide Canada and the Canadian Red Cross.

"We’re proud that Surrey is part of this national program and grateful to the Government of Canada for this much-needed boost benefitting local charities," added John Lawson, Chair of SurreyCares.

“Being able to offer food security to families and seniors in need during this difficult time makes a huge difference,” said Loretta Hibbs, Founder and President of City Dream Center. “For many families, it is difficult to ask for help, but COVID-19 has made it necessary. Many have lost their jobs, and some were already living below the poverty line, so we foresee this need continuing for some time.”

Individuals and businesses who wish to support Surrey charities are asked to give to the Surrey Community Relief Fund. In partnership with the Surrey Now-Leader, Surrey Board of Trade and The Saheli Foundation the goal is to raise $500,000 to support the most vulnerable populations in Surrey.

For 26 years SurreyCares has been committed to inspiring donors, growing charitable endowments and investing in people, ensuring that Surrey is a committed, connected and caring community



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