Coats For Kids

Event date: December 6, 2019
Showtime: 8:30am-10:30am
Location: Trail Appliances, 3388 Sweden Way Richmond, BC V6V 1H4

The 24th Annual Coats For Kids

November 12 – December 6, 2019

“Warming Hearts Since 1995”


HAVAN’s 24th annual Coats for Kids campaign, in support of the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus, two groups whose many initiatives help to provide a brighter winter for low-income families wrapped up on December 6th at Trail Appliances, 3388 Sweden Way, Richmond, from 8:30am to 10:30am.

HAVAN member companies provided 72 drop-off locations across 16 Metro Vancouver municipalities for people to donate new and gently used coats, scarves, gloves, blankets and new unwrapped toys and gifts for children of all ages through the month of November.

To help amplify this great initiative, HAVAN member companies gathered to build and present one GIGANTIC heartwarming mountain of coats to the Lower Mainland and Surrey Christmas Bureaus on Friday, December 6th at Santa’s Workshop (aka Trail Appliances.)

HAVAN members more than doubled last year’s cash donation with a grand total of $10,800.00. Accepting the cheque on behalf of the Bureaus, Lisa Werring, Executive Director Surrey Christmas Bureau emphasized the importance of the donation to cover food costs for families over the holiday season, noting many refugee families who will benefit from the contributions. HAVAN CEO Ron Rapp welcomed everyone and made note of the magnification of everyone’s efforts when collectively gathering to help families in need.

Over 150 people joined in the festivities – including the Grinch, Cindy Loo and Max too! (check out the photos via link below). The Partita Choir, Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs arrived on ‘Santa’s Sleigh’ (provided by Wesgroup Equipment) to sing by the Christmas tree, while members and guests dropped off donations enjoyed Buddy’s Hot Breakfast Bar, sponsored by Tradesmen International and Falcon Homes, the Gingerbread Man’s Cookie Decoration Station sponsored by TQ Construction in partnership with Snow Cap; a Customizable Hot Chocolate Bar sponsored by Designs by KS, plus photos with Santa in the Sub Zero room, compliments of Miracon Development. Coffee supplied by Starbucks Columbia Square Plaza, cookies by Vancouver Community College, and Directional signs, courtesy of Surrey Digital to light the way.

View Pictures of the 2019 Wrap Up Party!

UPDATE: It is not too late to donate! The Bureaus are still looking for presents for teens! Gift cards to Surrey Guildford Mall, movie tickets etc are a couple of great ideas. Donations can be dropped off directly to:

Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau 3rd floor, 1870 Pandora Street, Vancouver,  open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm. Please ensure you email or call 604.253.7191 to arrange a confirmed drop-off time prior to delivery.

Surrey Christmas Bureau 10240 City Parkway, Surrey (where the old Stardust rink used to be!) open Monday to Saturday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please ensure you email or call 604.581.9623 to arrange a confirmed drop-off time prior to delivery.


Who Should Attend

Everyone is encouraged to attend this complimentary event. Bring your friends, family, and co-workers!

Just like in Whoville, when every single Who directs a large amount of sound at a single point – mountains (of coats and toys) can be moved! 


  • Santa, Claus Enterprises, North Pole

    Founder and CEO of Clause Enterprises(CE), an altruistic group dedicated to the mission of helping to make children’s lives a little brighter, Claus works to collaborate with many elves and helping hands each year, managing over 1 billion toys, and writing more than 300,000,000 letters in under six weeks. (CE is rumoured to be in discussions with LinkedIn and Facebook.) Never one to turn down an a challenge, Claus has won several awards including Chimney Maneuvering, Reindeer Fleet Control, Air Traffic Control, and Time Zone adaptation (drug free.)

  • Partita Choir, Vancouver Bach Family of Choirs

    Grades 3 – 7 Youth Choir, with Conductor Catherine Campolin, and pianist Elinor Chambers