Event:SOSJ Seniors Christmas Gift Card Program 2021
Start:Friday September 24, 2021
12:00 AM PDT
End:Wednesday November 10, 2021
11:59 PM PDT
Contact:Simone Conner
(250) 701-1508

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In 2020 the Sovereign Order of St John Victoria Commandery assisted 323 of Victoria’s most vulnerable seniors through Christmas with grocery gift cards. The grocery cards helped make Christmas a little brighter for those seniors who depend on greater Victoria Food Banks through out the year.

This year SOSJ Victoria is partnering with the Society of St Vincent de Paul again, as well as the Sooke Food Bank, to expand the reach of the Seniors Christmas Program. By making a donation and/or bidding on our mini-auction (auction items will be added throughout the 4 week campaign October 12 - November 10, and please remember that it's not about the value of the item, but the value of the impact you will be making :)), you are helping us reach our goal of bringing seasonal joy to over 420 Greater Victoria seniors that are struggling financially. This extra little bit helps lift them up and allows them to have holiday dinner, or perhaps buy special treats that they only get once a year, or to be able to pick up food items that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to.

Monetary donations through our cash appeal are eligible for a tax receipt, which will be issued in the beginning of 2022.

Should we surpass our fundraising goal of $30,000, you can be assured that any additional funds raised will be distributed by the SOSJ Victoria to the sick and poor in our community.

We thank you for your support!

Cash AppealsOur Goal
Seniors Gift Card Program 2021
Thank you so much for supporting seniors who struggle financially and rely on food banks to survive, by providing them with a food gift card over the holiday with your donation. Your donation is eligible for a tax receipt which will be sent early in the new year (2022).

Our Goal: $30,000

Auction ItemsValueHigh Bid
Seniors GC Program
2 Night stay in Beautiful Sidney-by-the-Sea
Waterfront luxury at its best!

Enjoy a 2 night stay in a Seaview King Room, includes parking. Enjoy the weekend and take in the charming coastal community of Sidney-by-the-Sea. With over 100 boutique shops, a beautiful sea walk, great places to east and BC's only waterfront distillery right next door, you are sure to find something fun to do!

(Expires October 16, 2022)

Valued at $650Current bid: $350

Donated By The Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa

This item can be mailed.

A Vibrant Jungle Family Experience
4 tickets to Victoria Butterfly Gardens and Insect Arium

With surprises at every turn, you’ll encounter poison dart frogs, tortoises, large iguanas, flamingos, tropical ducks, free flying tropical birds and more. Stroll through and marvel at our lush gardens including tropical flowers, carnivorous plants and fruits of the world. Your jungle adventure awaits.

(No Expiration)

Valued at $70Current bid: $70

Donated By Victoria Butterfly Gardens

This item can be mailed.

Sip some of Cowichan Valleys Finest
Enjoy a beautiful bottle of Unsworth Vineyards. This port style wine is a blend of several years of the estate grown Marechal Foch that achieves the freshness and fruitiness of youth with the complexity and integration of maturity.

Also, a 375ml bottle of Wild Blackberry Vodka from Stillhead Distillery. Naturally infused with 100% wild Cowichan Valley blackberries picked at their peak, this vodka produces a uniquely-sweet flavour on its own, or can be used as a twist on any classic cocktail.

Valued at $50Current bid: $75

Donated By Cowichan Valley SOSJ Member

$50 to Enjoy at Lure Restaurant & Bar
Enjoy some appetizers or drinks with a $50 Gift Certificate to the redefined LURE Restaurant & Bar which brings a taste of "Lively, Fresh and Local" to Victoria's dining scene, and is home to the city's hottest patio.

With its prime waterfront location, casual atmosphere and relaxed indoor and outdoor seating, it makes a great place to relax.

(Expires August 31, 2022)

Valued at $50Current bid: $150

Donated By Lure Restaurant & Bar

This item can be mailed.

A First Class Dining Experience for 10
Award winning Toque Catering is internationally recognized for creating and serving seasonally inspired, deliciously detailed and beautifully presented food. This experience is a 5-course dinner for 10 people, in the comfort of your home, and includes rentals, a chef and server.

This is the perfect item to get your friends bidding on you with - it is a night you will look back on fondly.

Valued at $1,700Current bid: $1,000

Donated By Toque Catering

This item can be mailed.

Bombs Away (the good kind!)
Fizzzzzzz.....the sound of your cocktail bomb making the perfect cocktail - no need to buy cocktail ingredients and no need for a bartender! All of the products are handmade in Canada with natural ingredients. None of the products contain alcohol making them great for mocktails. This 6-pack of cocktail bombs includes: Mimosa, Margarita, Mojito, Pina Colada, Peach Bellini and Raspberry Orange. Please enjoy responsibly!

Next enjoy some relaxing handmade products from LUSH, including the "You're the Best" gift set - because you ARE the best!

Valued at $60Current bid: $40

Donated By Cowichan SOSJ Member who loves R&R time!

An Afternoon Out with the WHOLE Family!
Enjoy 4 x family passes (2 parents or grandparents and 2 children under 18), meaning up to 16 family members can enjoy a fun afternoon exploring the British Columbia Aviation Museum – where history takes flight! I

f you would like to learn about aircraft and aviation history, then you will love to visit this Museum. They have aircraft on display that once flew in Canadian skies but mostly over British Columbia. Some of these aircraft date from 1910 and some are from modern times. They have experimental aircraft, a commercial airliner and military aircraft along with helicopters and seaplanes. All these aircraft were once quite familiar over BC communities but are now very rare.

For younger visitors and their families, they have hands-on activities that will help them learn more about aviation.

Valued at $145Current bid: $50

Donated By British Columbia Aviation Museum

This item can be mailed.

The Greatest Little Show on Earth!
2 admissions for one of the most popular tourist attractions in downtown Victoria, BC, Canada.

Over 85 exciting miniature dioramas and displays!

Your visit here will be a memorable experience for years to come. You'll feel a lasting desire to return! Welcome to the little people's Wonderful World of Smallness, walk down its road -- step into the Story Books of fact, fiction and fantasy. Return to those fond memories of yesteryear, those childhood dreams and history's greatest moments!

(Expires October 31, 2022)

Valued at $37Current bid: $25

Donated By Miniature World

This item can be mailed.

Jewelry that is Meaningful, Elegant and Beautiful
The daughter of two of our SOSJ Members, Amy Wing creates meaningful, beautiful, graceful jewelry from recycled precious metals. Made in Portland, Oregon and shipped and loved around the world. You can own this beautiful necklace and earrings set, or get a head start on your Christmas shopping and gift this to someone special in your life.

Valued at $150Current bid: $75

Donated By Amy Wing Designs

This item can be mailed.

Date Night Getaway!
Enjoy a night away close to home. This breathtaking setting in downtown Victoria with stunning views of the city’s famous Inner Harbour and serene surroundings on the edge of the capital city, makes the Inn at Laurel Point the perfect place for an escape.

1 night in a luxurious Erickson Wing Studio, including breakfast for 2 and parking.

(Expires October 16, 2022 and Black Out Dates are: July & August, Holidays and Holiday Weekends)

Valued at $350Current bid: $250

Donated By Inn at Laurel Point

This item can be mailed.

Get seen Island Wide!
This premium content print and digital gift certificate gives you half page print and online presence in the Times Colonist, the dominant medium in the B.C. capital, reaching a quarter of a million households every week.

Along with a 1/2 page feature in print, you will also get 100,000 digital ad views with a 300x300px online ad.

Valued at $2,050Current bid: $0

Donated By Times Colonist

This item can be mailed.

A World to Discover
4 tickets to the The Farguhar at UVic presents Kalabanté
February 26, 2022 (Date and Time to be confirmed)

This unique creation for the whole family, will surprise you by the magic of the circus arts of the Kalabanté acrobats. This show, an immersive journey, will take you in a rainforest, in the midst of a sacred dance ceremony around the fire and many more places... while listening to sounds of live musicians. A world to discover!

Valued at $84Current bid: $70

Donated By The Farquhar at UVic

This item can be mailed.

Time to Make a Road Trip
This is the perfect opportunity to book that road trip you have always wanted to take to the stunning area of Gold River, the traditional territory of the Mowachaht and Muchalaht people of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nation.

With a gift certificate for 2 adults to the Nootka Sound Day Cruise on board the M.V. Uchuck III, you can expect to see a variety of marine life from bald eagles to sea lions, sea otters and on occasion, even whales (so don't forget your camera!).

If you want to spend as much time as possible in a day exploring Nootka Sound, this is the cruise for you! Plan on being on board the MV Uchuck III from 9 am to close to 8pm in the summer time. Off season you could be back closer to 5-6 pm.

The MV Uchuck III departs Tuesdays (only) from Gold River, BC to provide freight and passenger service throughout the many inlets and waterways of historic Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

(No Expiration)

Valued at $164Current bid: $75

Donated By Get West Adventure Cruises

This item can be mailed.

A little of this and a little of that
This gift basket has a little of this and a little of that - comes with an Estée Lauder Gift box perfect with 12 full sized favourites from makeup to skincare, a beautiful clay mug, Weber's charcoal grilling cookbook, and a bottle of gourmet bbq sauce. Keep some, gift some, or enjoy it all - it truly is a little of this and a little of that.

Valued at $100Current bid: $50

Donated By Shannon Baillie

2 Night stay on a Private Island in Beautiful Ucluelet
Peaceful Harbour Suites

Come escape to our peaceful self-contained condo suites with full kitchens and private entrances. Our suites are clean + modern with many featuring beautiful outdoor soaker tubs on decks. Located in the protected harbour on our own spit of land surrounded by water accessing both the serene Ucluelet Inlet & Marina. Water’s Edge allows for lots of wildlife sightings of sea lions, of sea lions, sea otters, shore birds, eagles, bears and more across the harbour.Pamper yourself at the onsite Aveda - Nurture Day Spa or kick back and enjoy some modern Korean comfort food at SEOM Restaurant’s beautiful patio overlooking the Marina. Stunning surroundings, breathtaking views, and wonderful open spaces. The perfect West Coast launching pad for your next adventure. Water's Edge is looking forward to welcoming you.

1 Deluxe Bedroom with Outdoor Tub
Valid: Sunday - Thursday (no weekends)
Not valid: June 15th - Sept 15th, Holidays or Long Weekends

(No Expiration)

Valued at $500Current bid: $300

Donated By Waters Edge Suites

This item can be mailed.