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The 2011 Reindeer Bus


Happy holidays from the ReindeerBus!

You may have noticed the ReindeerBus over the last few weeks, making its rounds of the Lower Mainland. After paying special visits to Canuck Place and Ronald McDonald House (along with Mr. and Mrs. Claus of course), it’s been stopping by TransLink operations, collecting toys donated by employees for our Toys for Tots program. All the toys go to the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau to distribute.

The ReindeerBus popped by TransLink head office yesterday to pick up donations from staff here and, as you can see in the photo below, it was already well on its way to being packed with toys.

John Strachan, Head Elf during the holiday season (and a CMBC operator instructor the rest of the year), says that the bus has collected more than 2,700 toys this year.

You can read more about the origins of the ReindeerBus in this 2008 post, and see some amazing photos of the bus and its community shuttle sibling in this post from last year.

Toys on the ReindeerBus

The ReindeerBus filling up with toys.

Author: Tina Robinson


  • By Julia, December 16, 2011 @ 1:14 am

    Wow, good job on the toy drive!! And I absolutely loooove the reindeer bus, it’s so adorable! I’ve never had a chance to ride it but next time I see it, I won’t hesitate to hop on :)

  • By Sean (CMBC), December 16, 2011 @ 2:35 pm

    I love donating to the annual Toys for Tots campaign at Coast Mountain Bus… Have been doing it every year since 1989!!

  • By Kevin, December 16, 2011 @ 7:22 pm

    I can’t believe these buses have been around for 20 years and I’ve never heard of them! Shows how much I know I suppose.

    My only comment would be that it would be a little annoying if you were planning to put a bike on the bus and then had to wait for another, but still I think the idea is a really fun one, and the donation delivery is great!

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