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Press Releases Community Angel Program Helps Victoria Families This Holiday Season

Victoria, BC – Dec.18, 2012

The timely support of the community and has helped a Victoria resident and her four young children discover that Victoria is not only a beautiful place, but is also a welcoming, kind and generous community.

Last month, Jacquey (requested first name only) was pregnant with her fourth child when she made the move back to her hometown Victoria from Salt Spring Island.  She hired movers and made two piles for them to handle; one to be taken to the dump and the other to be moved to Victoria. Unfortunately the movers mixed up the piles and accidentally threw away everything that was to go to Victoria and shipped the throw out pile to her home.  Jacquey lost many important items including all of her Christmas decorations.

Jacquey couldn’t afford to buy new decorations so she posted on asking for help. At the time of the posting she had three little girls, ages six, four and two and didn’t want to disappoint them. Her fourth girl has since been born.

The ad led to an outpouring of generosity. A Victoria resident saw the post and dropped off a box of Christmas decorations. UsedVictoria’s Community Angel also stepped in. The Community Angel Program is the charitable branch of, the network of classifieds sites that is comprised of UsedVictoria and 50 others. The role of the Community Angels is to monitor the city sites and look for ads posted by those who are in need and provide help in whatever way they can.

With the help of the St. Michael’s Church Christmas sale, was able to do some early shopping before the crowds and was able find all the decorations Jacquey and her girls could ever want.

“The girls were so excited,” said Jacquey. “We can’t thank the UsedVictoria team enough for the help and support – our home looks beautiful and our Christmas will be complete. This experience made our tough times less worrisome, so we have been able to fully enjoy and focus on our new bundle of joy.”

There are other touching examples of residents in need receiving help from  Here’s a recent posting that led to toys being delivered to a Grandmother for her grandchildren with the help of the Community Angel: “I’m a grandma on disability. I have two beautiful grandchildren, who I have no way to get Christmas gifts for because of my low fixed income. I am willing to exchange baked goodies… cookies squares and pies for your Christmas dinner, in exchange for a gift for each of my grands. They are six and four. Thank you for any consideration you may give, and Happy Holidays to you.”

UsedVictoria’s Community Angel Program also helped a Victoria family receive donated baby formula to help them get through a difficult time when the young father was going back to school. “Thanks to the program, we were able to provide our little girl with infant formula at a time when we were really struggling to afford it, said mother, Jennifer. ” We are so grateful, and sincerely hope that this program continues to extend help to community members in times of need.”

Established in 2003, is Canada’s biggest Canadian-owned online classified
. There are local city sites in the UsedEverywhere network across the country, including
, UsedOttawa, UsedWinnipeg, UsedRegina, UsedCalgary and more.

Media Contacts:

Erin Richards/
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Scott Ledingham/PRMediaNow