Dave Murray (middle) of the Archway Food Bank and Christmas Bureau was among the representatives of seven local charities who recently received handmade toys and other gifts from the residents of Crown Point Villa II. (Submitted photo)

Dave Murray (middle) of the Archway Food Bank and Christmas Bureau was among the representatives of seven local charities who recently received handmade toys and other gifts from the residents of Crown Point Villa II. (Submitted photo)

Santa’s helpers donate handmade toys and gifts to 7 Abbotsford charities

Group at seniors’ townhouse complex spends all year making the items

Seven local charities recently received dozens of handmade wooden toys and other gifts from “Santa’s helpers” at Crown Point Villa II in Abbotsford.

Residents of the over-55 townhouse complex have been making and donating Christmas gifts for more than 20 years.

Throughout the year, a group of toymakers spends hours building dozens of trucks, airplanes and a variety of other wooden playthings.

Meanwhile, many other residents knit a large number of sweaters, hats, scarves and children’s clothing.

The residents also prepare gift packages – this year, they made 90 – that include a coffee mug, toiletries and scarves.

There are also cash donations given by the Crown Point Villa II’s social committee.

Each year, the amount of handmade gifts fills a whole room, before residents donate them to service groups from across Abbotsford who help clients in need.

The group held an open house on Dec. 5, at which time they distributed the items to the seven charities: Peardonville House, the Warm Zone, Victim Services, New Beginnings, the Abbotsford Regional Hospital gift shop, the Salvation Army, and the Archway Christmas Bureau.

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Dozens of handmade wooden toys were among the items that residents of Crown Point Villa II recently donated to seven local charities.

Dozens of handmade wooden toys were among the items that residents of Crown Point Villa II recently donated to seven local charities.

Dozens of knitted items and wooden toys were made by the residents of Crown Point Villa II in Abbotsford and donated to seven local charities. (Submitted photo)

Dozens of knitted items and wooden toys were made by the residents of Crown Point Villa II in Abbotsford and donated to seven local charities. (Submitted photo)

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