The merchants of the Old City Quarter are once again getting ready to make the holidays just a little bit brighter for those who are struggling.
The launch of the annual Light Up A Life campaign, which collects food, clothes and toys for Haven Society, runs until Dec. 21.
This year the SPCA is also in special need, and gifts of gently used blankets and towels will be accepted. Pet photos with Santa, by donation, will also take place in the Heritage Mews, times and dates available online at www.oldcityquarter.com.
Non-perishable donations earn entry to win a gift basket donated from Old City Quarter merchants. Winner will be announced Dec. 21.
Light Up A Life donations can be made at: The Teak Tree, Lobelia’s Lair, Sassy Styles, Sartorial Boutique, G.E.M. Gates and Gifts and various other locations throughout the Old City Quarter.
Donations of money or bottles and cans may also be made at both Nanaimo Bottle Depot locations under the account name “Light Up A Life.”
The campaign includes the annual Cocoa and Sweet Treats concert with Alison Crowe Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. at Real Food.
Horse-drawn trolley rides are also available Saturdays until Dec. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. Cost is by donation.