Ladner church offers chance to give during Christmastime

Pneuma Church is looking to Give this Christmas Away.

For the third straight year, the Ladner church based out of the Delta Manor Education Centre is hosting an event where participants can pick up a pair of specially designed food and gift baskets and then gift them to someone they know.

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“We started off the first year with 150 gift baskets. Last year we did 300 and this year we are going to have at least 400,” said lead pastor Andreas Basson.

“Christmas is one of the loneliest times for some people, people who have lost a loved one, elderly people who don’t have family. We want people to know that they are loved and that we care about them.”
Basson said the first gift basket will include nicer articles like chocolate, smoked salmon, Brie cheese and popcorn.

“That’s a gift basket for someone that you know that you just want them to know that someone cares and loves them,” he said. “Last year we delivered one to a neighbor and they were at the point of committing suicide because they felt so alone and the gift basket and the card spoke towards that specific need. We have people who have definite needs, so that second basket will have all food, potatoes, ham, etc. for a family in need with food for a few days.”

All of the food and items for the two baskets will be purchased by the church and packaged by members of the congregation available for pick-up starting at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 when the church puts on its Christmas production. Those that can’t be on hand then can pick up on Friday, Dec. 21.

“All people have to do is contact us and say I want gift basket A or gift basket B and we put them all together along with wrapping paper and a card and they just pick them up,” he said. “You can then decide how you want to deliver them, whether you want to sign the card or be anonymous. It is such an incredible time of year when people want to give and receive, so it’s one of those times where we can make a difference in the community.”

The program is not exclusive to Ladner as the church has congregations in 11 Lower Mainland communities.

“We also encourage people to add a few items, like toys, something to personalize it a bit more,” Basson said.

“This is one of our favourtite things to do as a family. We have been doing this personally for eight years now. It’s my kids’ highlight of the year. We sit in the car and wait to see who comes out and picks up the basket. There is so much value in giving at Christmas.”

For more information email: info@pneumachurch.comor call 604-940-6700.

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