The Gift Of Community

BGC Yukon is renewing the Gift of Community program for the eighth year this Holiday Season

The Boys and Girls Club (BGC) Yukon has announced that they are renewing the Gift of Community program for the eighth year this Holiday Season. Over the past seven years, the charity initiative has been able to fulfill the wishes of over 500 children and parents and aims to meet or exceed that amount this year. As with previous years, BGC Yukon has partnered with Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, Kaushee’s Place, and Betty’s Haven.

Supporting the program is local musician Clancy Mcinnis, frontman and rhythm guitarist of rock band Trailer Park Trash Cats. McInnis and his bandmates have long been donating earnings from their endeavours to the Humane Society Yukon and Mae Bachur Animal Shelter. They had the idea to hold a charity show, as a toy drive for cats and dogs, before joining forces with BGC Yukon to increase their vision.

“If you’re going to be going out to a show anyway, why not go and contribute to something that’s helping the community anyway?” said McInnis. “And it’s fun to go out and support local businesses too.”

McInnis’ band will be performing December 17 at The Local Bar, along with additional local talent Mister Bigly and The Filthy Casuals. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9. The Trailer Park Trash Cats will finish off the night with a special visit from none other than Santa Claus. Patrons can bring a toy (for any gender), unwrapped, or a cat or dog toy or treat, with a suggested value of $10 to $25, to pay for admission to the show. Tickets can also be ordered at a discounted rate of $10 and will be available at the door for $15. Like at every Trailer Park Trash Cats concert, 10 per cent of all ticket sales will be donated to the Humane Society’s emergency veterinary fund.

Of the toy donations collected at the concert, the children’s toys will be distributed by the Gift of Community program, and the pet toys will be delivered, in person, by McInnis and his bandmates—guitarist Francois Jacques, bassist Johnny Rodgers, and drummer Patrick Singh.

A statement from BGC Yukon reads: “Participation is easy. Just drop by The Learning Tree Early Years Centre at 95A Lewes Blvd. in Riverdale between November 28 and December 13. Choose an ornament to take from our Holiday Tree. Then, purchase a gift that matches the information on the ornament, wrap it, attach the ornament to the wrapped gift and return it to the Early Years Centre by December 14, 2022. The rest is up to us. We will deliver the gifts by December 16 to our partner organizations for distribution to the families in time for December 24th. “You can’t adopt them all,” McInnis said. “But you can do a little bit.”

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