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Aunt Leah's Place needs volunteers at Lower Mainland tree lots

Aunt Leah's Place needs volunteers at its three Lower Mainland tree lots this season. (Courtesy Aunt Leah's Place/Facebook)

Aunt Leah's Place is in need of volunteers at its three Lower Mainland tree lots this holiday season

The charity is short on volunteers at its this year because of the pandemic

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A charity dedicated to keeping mothers and children together is in need of volunteers this season for one of its biggest fundraisers.

Aunt Leah’s Place is dealing with a shortage at its tree lots because of the pandemic, and Sarah Stewart says all three Lower Mainland locations could use a helping hand.

“Some folks might be a bit disheartened by the hockey season coming to an end if you’re in adult sports, so maybe if you’re interested in getting some physical exercise, coming and volunteering at one of our tree lots might be the cure to that.”

She says anyone who wants to help out at the Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Vancouver locations can do so safely.

“Tree lot sizes are a lot bigger this year, the churches that let us use their lots, they let us spread out much more, so we’ve limited the number of people who can come into the lot. Masks are mandatory,” she says, adding volunteers are expected to maintain proper physical distancing.

During an average year, the charity typically has 400 volunteers with proceeds going to children in foster care. Last year Aunt Leah’s raised more than $640,000 from its tree lots.

“It goes to support housing our families that we work with, providing supportive housing, as well as finding homes for young people we work with,” Stewart says.

“Our mission is to prevent youth who are from government care from becoming homeless, and work with moms at risk of losing custody of their children, and keep families together.”

For more information on getting involved, visit Aunt Leah’s site.