Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast 2016
The 29th annual Christmas Wish Breakfast is taking place at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver on Dec. 13.
This is one of Canada’s largest toy drives. Last year, seven truck loads of toys weighing 40,000 pounds were hauled away.
This large haul included more than 1,000 bikes, 216 gift cards and about $17,000 in donations.
The event has grown from its humble beginnings almost 30 years ago to one supported by numerous organizations around Metro Vancouver, putting a smile on children’s faces every year.
Global News Morning will be broadcasting live from the Pan Pacific on Dec. 13, from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Come down, say hi to Sonia Sunger, Mark Madryga, Kaitlyn Herbst and special guest Sophie Lui.
Rock101’s Willy, Kim and Alece will also be broadcasting live throughout the morning.
Donate an unwrapped toy or gift and get a free hot buffet breakfast provided by the Pan Pacific.
There will be performances from the Good Noise Gospel Choir, Goh Ballet, Langley Ukuleles, and a barbershop quarter, to name a few.
Volunteers from the Vancouver Police Department and Vancouver Fire Rescue will also be on had to help out.
Watch Global News Morning on Dec. 13, we will also be livestreaming the show on our website and you can follow along on social media using the hashtag #PanXmasWish.
For more details, visit the Pan Pacific website.
What to bring
If you’re looking for ideas of what to donate this year, here is a handy list:
Babies, toddlers and preschoolers:
- Outdoor toys (tricycle, kick scooter, balance bike)
- Building blocks (mega blocks, wooden blocks)
- Play doh
- Musical toys (xylophone, maracas, drums)
- Educational toys (shape sorting cube, abacus, octotunes)
- Games (Hungry Hippos, Angry Birds, Knock on Wood game)
- Crayon, paints and easels
- Leapster Explorer Camera
- Toy cars and train sets
- Dinosaur figures
Elementary school kids, tweens and teens:
- Building toys (Lego, Duplo)
- Outdoor toys (skateboard, kick scooter, bike, soccer ball, basketball, sled)
- Games & brain twisters (Pokemon cards, Perplexes, Quirkle, Monopoly, Scrabble, Yahtzee, Cranium Family Edition)
- Doodle Art
- Art sets (pencils, crayons, pastels)
- Tea and coffee travel mug
- Air hockey
- Tickets to concerts and sport events
- Gift card (coffee, mall, store)
If you cannot drop off items on Dec. 13 but you still want to donate, you can drop off a donation to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau or any Vancouver Fire Hall Department and let them know the item is for the Christmas Wish Breakfast.