UPDATE: This is now a drop-off fundraiser from now until Dec. 12. Click here for more info.
Two Christmas toy drives are coming together to bring even more joy to kids and teens this holidays season.
The annual Chilliwack Athletes for Turkeys and Toys (CATT) Fund volleyball tournament, which brings in cash and hundreds of toys every year for local charities has been cancelled, but the fundraising and toy collection is still taking place.
The toy drive, organized by the Chilliwack-Mt. Cheam Rotary Club, will be partnering with Re/Max Nyda Realty’s drive-through Toy House on Dec. 12.
People are being asked to bring new, unwrapped toys, gift cards and cash for Chilliwack kids and teens in need.
Since 1986, the CATT Fund tournament has raised more than $400,000 and collected more than 14,000 toys.
“This has brightened the holidays for so many children and families within our community,” said Rotarian Robert Lacerte. “We hope to continue to raise money and collect toys despite not being able to host the actual event in person.”
Last year, more than 32 teams participated in the CATT Fund volleyball tournament. The event brought in 435 toys and $33,000 for Chilliwack Community Services (CCS) and the Chilliwack Children’s Foundation. The toys and $20,000 went to CCS for its Christmas Sharing program while the rest of the money went to the children’s foundation.
Re/Max Nyda Realty’s 2020 drive-through Toy House — now in conjunction with the CATT Fund toy drive — takes place Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 a.m. to noon at 7300 Vedder Rd. People are being asked to enter only via Gaetz Street or Shaw Avenue where there will be someone directing vehicles to the location.