The merchants of the Old City Quarter are ready to make the holidays just a little bit brighter for those who are struggling.
The organization’s annual Light Up a Life campaign, which collects food, clothes and toys for Haven Society, runs until Dec. 22.
Visitors to the Old City Quarter who bring a non-perishable gift item can enter a draw for one of three gift baskets each valued at more than $500. Winners of the gift baskets will be announced Dec. 19.
Drop off locations for Light Up a Life donations are at Teak Tree, 437 Fitzwilliam St., Lobelia’s Lair at 8-321 Wesley St. and Sartorial Boutique at 310 Fitzwilliam St. Ballots for the draw are located at various merchants in the Old City Quarter.
Donations of cash or bottles and cans can also be made at the Nanaimo Bottle Depot at 1805 Freemont Rd. or 4151 Mostar Rd. under the Light Up a Life account.
As part of the campaign, there will be a special concert Dec. 22 by Allison Crowe.
Other Christmas events in the Old City Quarter include the Old City Quarter/downtown art walk Dec. 3-4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Seniors Day Dec. 11 from noon to 4 p.m., and Crowe’s Tidings concert Dec. 10 at 7 p.m., St. Andrew’s Church on Wesley Street.
For more information, please go to www.oldcityquarter.com.