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Chilliwack teens not forgotten in Happy Holli-Days fundraiser

A family of teenagers are collecting Christmas gifts for Chilliwack's teens in need.

Happy Holli-Days, a fundraiser created by 15-year-old Holli Vander Wyk, is collecting teenage specific gifts for Chilliwack Community Services to distribute at Christmas.

Vander Wyk started Happy Holli-Days last year after noticing most gifts donated at Christmas are for younger kids.

"I felt depressed picturing it ... what it would feel like if teens had little brothers and sisters that got gifts under their Christmas tree and there wasn't any for them," she said.

"We wanted to make the teenagers feel that they aren't forgotten."

With the help of her brother Dexter, 17, they collected 63 gifts, which were distributed through Chilliwack Community Services.

This year, joined by their 12-year-old sister Amy, they hope to bring in at least 100.

Teenage-specific gifts include store gift cards, mall gift cards, hats, gloves, CDs, sports equipment, board games, card games, movie passes, makeup, arts and craft kits, books, hand-held electronics, etc..

"The donor gives so much more than just the gift; it lets the teen know that someone is thinking of them," said Holli.

"Everyone deserves to feel excited seeing their name on a Christmas present on Christmas Day. It means that someone cares, that they matter. It would make a teen feel special and everyone needs that."

Gifts can be dropped off for Happy Holli-Days at Mt. Slesse middle school, G.W. Graham middle secondary, and Sardis secondary until Dec. 16 at 2 p.m.

All gifts must be new and unwrapped.

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