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Capilano Rugby Club asks community to help tackle their toy drive

Everyone is invited to the 40th annual toy drive for an afternoon of giving and good cheer at Klahanie Park
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Capilano Rugby Club’s Chris Robinson and his nephew Riley McKinnon gearing up for last year’s toy drive. | Paul McGrath / North Shore News

As the talented athletes in yellow and black entertain you by delivering crushing opposition to other clubs throughout the rugby season, Capilano is asking the community to deliver some much-needed items to those in need this holiday season.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, Capilano Rugby Club will be accepting donations all afternoon for their 40th annual toy drive.

The club is asking everyone to bring a new, unwrapped, unopened gift and/or a non-perishable food item to the event. Gifts will go under the tree, and there will be boxes for food donations. Gift cards will also be accepted.

The rugby club is inviting all members of the community to attend the kid-friendly event, which will have activities to keep little ones occupied. All are invited to stay awhile after dropping off gifts, the club says. The bar will be open and snacks available.

Gifts and toys are needed for young kids all the way up to teenagers. This can include sports equipment, books, school supplies, clothing, board games, toys and stuffed animals. The Food Bank has told the club that they are very short on canned protein items such as canned tuna, other canned fish and canned beans.

This year, Cap is supporting four local organizations: North Shore Christmas Bureau run by North Shore Family Services, North Shore Neighbourhood House, North Shore Salvation Army and North Shore Food Bank.

“Our club is very grateful for all the support towards this event every year,” the club said in a release. “We hope to see many familiar faces on Saturday, Dec. 9.”

Recommended gift ideas:

$25 gift cards for: Sephora, Zara, Sport Check, Hot Topic, Best Buy, Lululemon, Shoppers Drug Mart, Urban Planet, H&M, Indigo, EB Games, Michaels.

Clothing: Athleta or Lululemon, hoodies (any brand or unbranded), joggers/leggings (any brand or unbranded), cross-body bags (Hershel or Lululemon).

Technology: portable speakers, LED strip lights/neon signs (room décor), wireless headphones or ear buds, disposable cameras.

If you want to contribute but can’t attend, contact Chris Robinson at crobinson25@hotmail.com or 604-836-1408.

Capilano Rugby Club annual toy drive

When: Saturday, Dec. 9, noon to 4:30 p.m.

Where: 1910 Glenaire Dr., North Vancouver

More details are available online here.