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It was a constant flow of people coming in and out the door at Re/Max Nyda Realty’s annual Toy House on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be a drive-through toy drive. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

UPDATE: Toy drive switches to drop-off style for Chilliwack real estate agency

Re/Max Nyda Realty asking for donations of toys, gift cards for kids and teens in need

It was a constant flow of people coming in and out the door at Re/Max Nyda Realty’s annual Toy House on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019. Due to COVID-19, this year’s event will be a drive-through toy drive. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
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Fraser Valley Imagination Library launching online Country Christmas Auction

Auction includes personally signed items from Dolly Parton, kd lang and more

(Imagination Library Photo)
Olive (grey) and Jade (black) are two bonded rabbits who are looking for their ‘furever’ home. They are seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Olive and Jade at the Chilliwack SPCA

Olive and Jade are a bonded pair of rex cross rabbits and will need to be adopted together

Olive (grey) and Jade (black) are two bonded rabbits who are looking for their ‘furever’ home. They are seen here at the Chilliwack SPCA on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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Find Me My Furever Home - Theodore and Alvin at the Chilliwack SPCA
Find Me My Furever Home - Julius at the Chilliwack SPCA
Find Me My Furever Home - Sunny at the Chilliwack SPCA
Find Me My Furever Home - Begera at the Chilliwack SPCA
A drone's-eye view of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge, as shot by Ryan Dyck. Dyck runs a YouTube channel called Shutter Speed Network, featuring a number of his videography and photography projects from across the Lower Mainland. He currently has 1,600 subscribers. (Screenshot/Shutter Speed Network)

WATCH: Drone footage offers spectacular view of Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge

Local photographer Ryan Dyck’s footage caught the eye of local social media

A drone's-eye view of the Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge, as shot by Ryan Dyck. Dyck runs a YouTube channel called Shutter Speed Network, featuring a number of his videography and photography projects from across the Lower Mainland. He currently has 1,600 subscribers. (Screenshot/Shutter Speed Network)
The Parent Support Services Society of BC is offering online support circles during COVID-19. (Metro Creative Graphics)

Support society offers help to Chilliwack parents, caregivers in wake of pandemic

“Now more than ever, parents need the time and space to connect,” says Parent Support Services Society of BC

The Parent Support Services Society of BC is offering online support circles during COVID-19. (Metro Creative Graphics)
Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society sort through some of the thousands of donated puzzles on Jan. 31, 2019 at the Sardis Library. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

No library puzzle sale for 2021 in Chilliwack

People are being asked not to bring their donations of puzzles to the library this year

Friends of the Chilliwack Libraries Society sort through some of the thousands of donated puzzles on Jan. 31, 2019 at the Sardis Library. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
November is Financial Literacy Month, and Chilliwack parents are urged to join in a program to help them set up their children’s education fund. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)

Chilliwack parents to get help applying for RESP grant money

Chilliwack Financial Literacy Committee hosting online info sessions on accessing helpful program

November is Financial Literacy Month, and Chilliwack parents are urged to join in a program to help them set up their children’s education fund. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy)
The Chilliwack Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign kicks off on Nov. 20, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess file)

Volunteers sought for Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign in Chilliwack

Money will be collected throughout Chilliwack from Nov. 20 until Christmas Eve

The Chilliwack Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign kicks off on Nov. 20, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progess file)
Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living place hand-painted rocks at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack Society for Community Living places hand-painted Remembrance Day rocks at cenotaph

Folks across Canada finding other ways to pay their respects, such as painting poppies on rocks

Doug Bird (red jacket) and Hozar Horinek with Chilliwack Society for Community Living place hand-painted rocks at the cenotaph at Veterans Memorial Park on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Jared Mumford (yellow shovel) helps clear snow outside the Chilliwack Seniors’ Social Centre on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

As snow warning continues, call goes out for Chilliwack snow angels

Chilliwack and District Seniors’ Resource Society looking for volunteers willing to shovel snow

Jared Mumford (yellow shovel) helps clear snow outside the Chilliwack Seniors’ Social Centre on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen here on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA, is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

VIDEO: Find Me My Furever Home – Keith at the Chilliwack SPCA

‘He is looking for pretty much any kind of home,’ said Chloé MacBeth, Chilliwack SPCA branch manager

Keith, a three-month-old kitten seen here on Nov. 4, 2020 at the Chilliwack SPCA, is looking for his ‘furever’ home. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Clockwise from top left, Amanda Leduc, David A Robertson and Andrea Warner will be part of the virtual 2020 Fraser Valley Literary Festival on Nov. 20, 2020. (Facebook)

Fraser Valley Literary Festival goes online for 2020

It’ll be a virtual event celebrating writers and readers in the Fraser Valley this year

Clockwise from top left, Amanda Leduc, David A Robertson and Andrea Warner will be part of the virtual 2020 Fraser Valley Literary Festival on Nov. 20, 2020. (Facebook)
Eight-year-old Wyatt Desilets with 6th Chilliwack Beavers shows (from left) Trevor Weins, Breanna Ruschke and Tammy Nunn of Cyrus Centre some of the pyjamas he and fellow Beavers Jack Currie and Sophie Woodhouse (not pictured) purchased for the centre as a result of a fundraiser. Wyatt helped deliver the pyjamas on Thursday, Nov. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack Beavers donate nearly $500 worth of pyjamas to Cyrus Centre

Wyatt Desilets, Jack Currie and Sophie Woodhouse had been raising the money since July

Eight-year-old Wyatt Desilets with 6th Chilliwack Beavers shows (from left) Trevor Weins, Breanna Ruschke and Tammy Nunn of Cyrus Centre some of the pyjamas he and fellow Beavers Jack Currie and Sophie Woodhouse (not pictured) purchased for the centre as a result of a fundraiser. Wyatt helped deliver the pyjamas on Thursday, Nov. 5. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Posing with the mountain of donated items collected in the 2018 Realtors Care Blanket Drive are RE/Max Nyda Realtor Brad Latham and Steve Lerigny, CADREB executive officer. (Submitted)

Realtors’ new drive-through blanket drive in Chilliwack makes for easy drop-off this year

Blankets, warm clothing and more to be collected in one day at annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive

Posing with the mountain of donated items collected in the 2018 Realtors Care Blanket Drive are RE/Max Nyda Realtor Brad Latham and Steve Lerigny, CADREB executive officer. (Submitted)
Raymond Maher’s book, The Deadly Five, is a historical fiction novel which was released in September, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack author blends history with fiction in Fraser River Gold Rush novel

Book signing coming up for Raymond Maher’s historical fiction novel ‘The Deadly Five’

Raymond Maher’s book, The Deadly Five, is a historical fiction novel which was released in September, 2020. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The 59th annual Knights of Columbus (B.C.) Charity Foundation Charity Appeal raffle runs now until Jan. 30, 2021. (Knights of Columbus)

Charities benefit, public can win cash from Knights of Columbus online raffle

Raffle, with grand prize of $100,000 for winning ticket, helps several B.C. charities

The 59th annual Knights of Columbus (B.C.) Charity Foundation Charity Appeal raffle runs now until Jan. 30, 2021. (Knights of Columbus)
Cozy Covers

Fraser Valley charity hopes to raise $40K for 16 organizations

Cozy Covers supporting groups in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley

Cozy Covers
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Salla Sukow sings the women warrior song at a recent Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw gathering. Ceremony will be part of the Indigenous Court process. (Zoe Ducklow photo)
Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)

White Rock author’s book tells stories of B.C.’s South Asian pioneers

‘These stories belong to the community’ says Karen Dosanjh

Karen Dosanjh’s book, Untold Stories: The South Asian Pioneer Experience in BC, was released earlier this year, and details the struggles and successes of the province’s earliest South Asian immigrants. (Contributed photo)
Not all pumpkins have to be scary, as Elizabeth Faith Castillo showed up with this Mickey Mouse lookalike.
Not all pumpkins have to be scary, as Elizabeth Faith Castillo showed up with this Mickey Mouse lookalike.