Drop off your Christmas tree at Central City's east parking lot (off King George Boulevard) from 9am to 4pm on January 6 and the Lions Club will chip it! Minimum $5 donation per tree and all proceeds go to the Surrey Food Bank. Special thanks to Bartlett Tree Experts for the tree chipping services. Visit www.centralcity.ca for

Central City’s Charity Gift Wrap Centre

Get your holiday gifts wrapped at Central City’s Charity Gift Wrap Centre from December 7 to 24!

Prices start at just $2 and a wide assortment of attractive eco-friendly wrap and bag options are available. The Charity Gift Wrap Centre is located on the south side of the shopping centre adjacent to Tim Hortons.  The gift wrap centre is coordinated by the Surrey Central Lions Club and staffed entirely by volunteers. 100% of the proceeds from the service benefit the Surrey Food Bank and elementary school breakfast program.

Visit www.centralcity.ca for more details.

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