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Festive Mugs Filled with Love

The gifts are little treasures. Each festive mug is filled with chocolates and a candy cane, wrapped in sparkly cellophane and tied with a little tag that says: You are amazing. You are unique. You are precious. You are loved.

The mugs are a gift from the Sikh Sewa International Society of Youth (SSISY) given to those who will attend the Christmas Day Dinner at Communitas Supportive Care Society. The dinner is put on by volunteers on Christmas Day for those served by Communitas who would otherwise spend Christmas Day alone. Each person who comes goes home with gifts – all of which are donated, like these treasure-filled mugs.

Christmas mugs filled with gifts for people who will attend the Communitas Christmas Dinner.

SSISY is a non-profit organization founded in 2015 by Tripat Sandhu and Jaspreet Sahota in response to an article in the local newspaper about the depletion of food at the Abbotsford Food Bank.

“We were inspired to donate more than just food items from the kitchen pantry,” Tripat says. “We realized that there must be additional ways that we could make a more personal and significant difference.”

“Sikh” means “learn” and “Sewa” means “to serve” so youth who participate with SSISY learn to serve others.

“In Sikhism, service is an important value we practice,” Jaspreet says.

The youth do hands on service locally and internationally. In winter 2016 they also funded an ophthalmology clinic in a rural village in India. When looking for a local project to support, they connected with Laura Ullock, the resource development assistant at Communitas.

“We are extremely excited and grateful to collaborate with Communitas and present twenty gifts,” Tripat says.

When considering what kind of gift they could provide, they wanted to find something that would be personal and uplifting for the person receiving it. Each gift includes a mug filled with treats and an inspiring message.

“We wanted this to be more than just a Christmas gift but a gesture of love and care,” Jaspreet says. “Whenever an individual picks up that mug, it is a reminder that someone cares and thinks about them.”

To find out how you can support the Christmas Day Dinner at Communitas, contact Laura Ullock at or call 604 850 6608.

(photo above:Jasleen Brar, Laura Ullock, and Tripat Sandhu hold some of the Christmas mugs prepared by the youth from SSISY)

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