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We are excited to once again be running a Holiday Drive at Trafalgar for the Mavis McMullen Housing Society. The Mavis McMullen Housing Society is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that provides affordable, safe, and independent housing for low-income women and their children in the Downtown Eastside area of Vancouver. They run two buildings, Mavis McMullen Place and Haley Place.

Trafalgar’s holiday drive for Mavis McMullen last year was an amazing success. Enough donations were collected to prepare holiday gift baskets for every single apartment unit. ‘Themed’ gift baskets were created and raffled off – this approach made the gift baskets feel less like donations and more like a prize. Each unit was also provided with a gift card, for either a grocery store or drug store. Trafalgar families were also very generous with cash donations and this money was used to purchase fresh produce boxes for the tenants, which were delivered in January. The women at Mavis McMullen were extremely grateful to the generosity of the Trafalgar community.

To organize the Holiday Drive, each division is asked to donate new or like new items, pertaining to a theme; your child(ren)‘s teacher will communicate what their division is being asked to donate. Gift cards are also very much appreciated, with a preference for $10 denominations at Superstore. All donations will be collected at the school between December 6th and 9th, after which baskets will be assembled.

For those who would prefer to make a monetary donation online this can be done ( The organization would like to create more of an outdoor space for gardening, community building and play; monetary donations will help fund this project; a tax receipt will be issued for monetary donations.

Let’s once again come together as a community to collect donations and bring holiday cheer to the women and children of the Mavis McMullen Housing Society.