Sandy Case president of the South Island Foster Parents Association is seeking donations for the fourth annual Foster Children's Christmas Shopping Night

Kids learn giving while shopping in Colwood

Being in foster care can be tough no matter the time of year; Christmas can be overwhelming.

Being in foster care can be tough no matter the time of year; Christmas can be overwhelming.

Helping children in the foster-care system stay connected with families is a priority says Sandy Case, president of South Island Foster Parents Association. A foster parent for more than 18 years, Case is among the creators of the Foster Children’s Christmas Shopping Night on Tuesday.

“A lot of older children carry some guilt about being in foster care. When they can give their parents gifts they feel like they are telling their parents they haven’t forgotten about them,” Case said.

Kids in the system can shop for new or gently used gifts.

“We do this to empower the children to still feel connected to their families. In most cases there are a lot of visits with their families,” said Nicola MacKay, association treasurer. “A lot of the children haven’t had a real Christmas before. This enables them to learn what Christmas is actually about.”

Children’s eyes light up when they are able to purchase gifts for loved ones, MacKay said.

“They hand me items saying ‘Hide this from my sibling.’”

The volunteer-run annual event relies on fundraising and donations.

The fourth annual Foster Children’s Christmas Shopping Night is Dec. 10 at West Shore Health Unit, 345 Wale Rd. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Foster families from across Greater Victoria are encouraged to attend.

For more information or to donate gifts or wrapping supplies email case at slcase@shaw.ca.

Just Posted

UPDATE: Tsunami warning ended for Greater Victoria

Homes in Colwood near Esquimalt Lagoon were evacuated after tsunami warning for coastal areas of B.C. after 7.9 earthquake off Alaskan coast

Support growing for palliative care facility on the West Shore

Dave Saunders says facilities ‘bursting at the seams’

Royal Bay student bound for Swaziland

World College admission brings surprise destination

Greater Victoria under another wind warning this morning

Strong southeast winds will reach speeds of up to 80 km/h in Greater Victoria

Bob Heyes back behind Shamrocks bench for 2018 season

Art Webster, Mike Simpson, John Hamilton will also return

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

VIDEO: Fuel truck and train collide in B.C. causing massive fire

More emergency crews are still arriving on scene of a massive fire at the Port Coquitlam rail yard.

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Reynolds, Edward Milne capture titles at Esquimalt hoops tournament

Host Dockers take fourth in senior girls draw

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Most Read