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Nov 6: Vancity Angels Make Christmas Special

Vancity Angels Make Christmas Special For Needy Kids

Surrey, November 6, 2002 - Vancity Credit Union's Cedar Hills Community Branch, in partnership with the Surrey Women's Centre Society, will be making children's wishes come true this holiday season by putting up an Angel Tree.

The Angel Tree is a Christmas tree decorated with angels made by local elementary school children and Vancity staff. Each one bears the name, age and wish of a Surrey child who might not otherwise share in the joy of the holiday season. Members of the public are invited to take an angel off the tree and fulfill the wish.

The tree will be decking the halls of Vancity's Cedar Hills branch for a month starting Mid-November. The season will kick off with a special tree decorating party 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13. Members of the public are invited to join community leaders, as well as branch staff and members of the Surrey Women's Society, for the official launch of this gift-giving program.

The festivities will continue on December 17, when Vancity and Surrey Women's Society will host a joint gift-wrapping party. The Surrey Women's Centre Society will then deliver the presents to the children in time for Christmas.

This is the first time that the Cedar Hills branch has had an Angel Tree, although Vancity launched the Angel Tree program three years ago at the Port Coquitlam Community Branch with resounding success. For details on Vancity's Cedar Hills Branch's Angel Tree program visit their location at 12820 96th Avenue in Surrey or call Vancity at 604-877-7443.

The Surrey Women's Centre is a non-profit organization committed to ending oppression and violence against women through social, political and economic change.

Vancity is Canada's largest credit union, with $7.5 billion in assets, 282,000 members and 39 branches throughout Greater Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Victoria. Vancity belongs to the Exchange Network, which has 481 ATMs throughout BC. Vancity owns Citizens Bank of Canada, serving members across the country by telephone, ATM, and the Internet. Both Vancity and Citizens Bank are guided by a commitment to corporate social responsibility, and to improve the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.