Hundreds of Delta kids will find presents under the tree this Christmas thanks to Deltassist's annual Toy Depot.
Clients got the chance earlier this month to pick up toys during the three-day distribution event held at the East Delta Hall. Approximately 800 kids received toys this year.
Deltassist, a non-profit social services organization, gets plenty of support from the community to help make the Toy Depot possible.
Volunteers like Roberta Whiley help with set-up and assist clients as they select toys. She's been volunteering at the Toy Depot for about the last five years.
"I'm just inspired by what people are really doing for these folks who are less fortunate. It kind of lightens my heart ... there's definitely a lot of need for this service for a lot of people," she said.
Deltassist also gets help from "volunteer crews," people that lend a hand through their organization or employer.
Crews from Delta firefighters, the Royal Bank in Ladner, Vancity in North Delta, Aquilini Development and Construction, Delta Cable, service clubs and the 38th Canadian Baden-Powell Guild all helped with Christmas programs, noted Deltassist manager of operations and projects Lorraine Yates.
"Christmas programs would not happen without these volunteers as there is only a handful of staff to organize all these programs. Deltassist is forever grateful for all their efforts, enthusiasm and loyalty to the Christmas programs," Yates said.
Donations of toys come from around the community, including the Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall's Stocking for Kids program.