Arts and crafts created for homeless residents

Public library teams up with charity group, community to provide gift bags

In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Greater Victoria Public Library is inviting residents to help the less fortunate in their communities.

The library has partnered with Nanaimo-based Everybody Deserves a Smile on its Island-wide Kindness Care Packages program.

There are two ways library patrons can help: decorate a gift bag for a homeless person, or donate such items as toques, mittens, wool socks, tooth brushes, tooth paste or scarves.

All ages are welcome to decorate a bag. The filled gift bags will be given to members of the Greater Victoria homeless community in January.

An open decorating session happens at the Oak Bay library, 1442 Monterey Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Donations will be accepted during regular library hours, Dec. 10 to 24. For details, visit