Beat the Black Friday lines and do some good at the same time

Dec 20 2017, 2:40 am

Are you sick of seeing all the crazy stories on your Facebook feed about long shopping lines and near-riots in stores on Black Friday? Isn’t that the exact opposite of the spirit of the season?

Many of us are looking for something more at this time of year. Gifts that mean something extra special – gifts that are unique and local, or perhaps even a donation to a worthy charity to help someone in need.

That’s why the Y’s online auction benefiting the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is a great option for those of us looking for a gift with extra meaning at this time of the year. Every dollar you spend goes directly to providing financial assistance to people who otherwise would not be able to afford life-enhancing YMCA programs. Plus the items are timeless enough for grandma, classy enough for your boss and cool enough for that crush-worthy hottie you just met.

There are more than 90 items up for grabs, all of which were made available due to the generosity of local Vancouver businesses that also believe in the YMCA’s goal of helping every man, woman, teen, child and family reach their potential. Here’s just a small sample of what’s in store at this year’s auction:

Grouse Mountain

Carve the mountain your own way with a $150 gift card to Grouse Mountain.

The Hive Climbing Gym

Push your limits with an expert-taught bouldering lesson and gear rental at The Hive Climbing Gym.


Bring a true statement piece home for the holidays with the Marimekko-designed Clyo chaise from EQ3 Vancouver.

Redfish Kids

Pamper your preschooler with a Redfish Kids party dress and matching leggings this holiday season.

Creativ Music

Release your inner pop star and produce your very own CD with a party package from Creativ Music.

Option Snowboard

Shred in style with a brand new Option snowboard with Lamar Japen bindings from Sports Junkies.

Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa

Enjoy a relaxing getaway at Harrison Hot Springs Resort and Spa this holiday season.

Suki’s International Hair Design

Just in time for the holidays, enjoy a world-class cut and colour at Suki’s International Hair Design.

The process is simple. Find the item you want, place your bids and keep checking back to see if you’re still on top or if you have to up your offer. If you want to see the items in person before bidding, you can drop by the Robert Lee YMCA on Thursday, December 3 between noon and 7 p.m. and see them for yourself. All winners will be notified within 48 hours of the auction closing.

Click here to bid!

Good luck.

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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