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Seafair's No. 1 eLves Deliver Holiday Cheer

Published February 25, 2021

This past fall, through our Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program, we awarded over $8,000 to Richmond residents, so they could carry out a variety of creative, safe, socially-distanced community projects.
 
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the program's goal is to ease social isolation, and create opportunities for neighbours to connect with one another, even as they stay apart.
 
One of our favourite projects from last year happened during the holiday season. Angela Leung, along with her husband and two children, ages six and eight, put together 100 comfort kits, then distributed them to homes in the family's Seafair neighbourhood.
 
Fittingly, the project was called "Seafair's No. 1 eLves."
 
Angela used her Neighbourhood Small Grant to purchase items like hand sanitizer, individually wrapped chocolates, and gift certificates to local businesses. From there, her children took over, designing the artwork for each package, writing uplifting messages on hand-painted rocks, and folding origami cranes.
 
When the kits were finished, Angela and her family spent an evening delivering them to neighbours. Wanting to keep their distance, they'd ring the doorbell and leave a package outside each home they visited. Sometimes, a neighbour would come out as the family was leaving, and the children would wave and wish them happy holidays.
 
"Our children thoroughly enjoyed spreading kindness and happiness with each good deed," says Angela. "It was a reverse trick-or-treating experience that left our family feeling proud about giving away these care kits."
 
We're happy to report that, in 2021, RCRG is once again partnering with the Vancouver Foundation and Association of Neighbourhood Houses of BC to bring the Responsive Neighbourhood Small Grants program to Richmond.
 
Applications for our Spring granting cycle are open now through April 20, giving you a chance to complete a project as awesome as Angela's! For eligibility criteria, project resources, and an online application form, visit the Neighbourhood Small Grants website.