Customized Christmas cards from Ruben's

Tri-Cities based charity has gift ideas that will benefit the education of children in Dominican Republic

A Tri-Cities charity has a Christmas card of a different sort — one that you give to a friend or loved one and that then gives to others.

Ruben’s Shoes, which is based in Port Moody, is offering to customize a Christmas card with a special message to a loved one along with a contribution to help the organization complete its secondary school project in Dominican Republic. Contributions could include a desk for $50, a window for $65, a fan for $100, a door for $200 or a donation in any amount (

According to Ruben’s Shoes, the school is about half completed and $180,000 has already been put into the project, with another $200,000 needed to be raised to complete it. The hope is to have it open in August 2020 and be able to take in students who are starting to age out of its elementary partner school, Centro Educative Toribio.

Another gift suggested by Ruben’s Shoes is to sponsor a student at a cost of less than $2 a day. The organization is also offering registration to its popular Ruben’s Ruckus next summer to put under the Christmas tree or in a stocking for kids. The three-kilometre obstacle course full of fun and frolicking for children aged six to 13 goes May 9 at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park. Registration is $30 until the end of the year.

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