Oak Bay teen aims to collect 1,000 presents at annual toy drive

Posted on 17th January 2018, by British Columbia
Leah Smith was in front of the Oak Bay Avenue Pharmasave operating her annual one-girl toy drive. “This is my fourth consecutive year doing this,” explained Leah Smith. The grade 11 student from Oak Bay High School collected new and gently-used toys from the community. She will be delivering the donations to the Stan Hagen Centre  […]
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Salvation Army Thrift Store Locations

Posted on 8th January 2018, by British Columbia
Out with the old, and in with the new! Make room for your Christmas gifts by donating unworn or gently used items to a Salvation Army thrift store near you. The clothes, household items, and furniture you donate will directly impact people in need of assistance in the community in which it was given. For  […]

Local Woman Turns Food Waste into Help for Families in Need

Posted on 5th January 2018, by British Columbia
Nicole Knauf grew up in a household that just didn’t waste food; in fact, her and her siblings would joke that her dad would eat anything. As she grew older, she realized that throwing away food really was an unfortunate reality. It became more obvious when Nicole began working at bakery as a teenager, when  […]
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Local Teen Purchases Gifts for Pediatrics Unit at Comox Valley Hospital

Posted on 2nd January 2018, by British Columbia
Eighteen year old Makenzie Jesse has had her fair share of hospital stays. Living with cerebral palsy, she has had over 12 surgeries in children’s hospitals across Canada and is often faced with long stays (sometimes over Christmas). It is this experience alone that has led Makenzie to help other children who are confined to  […]
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Sharing the Highlights of the Christmas Season

Posted on 21st December 2017, by British Columbia
A traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings is one of the greatest highlights of the Christmas season. This holiday, we want to provide a holiday meal for those who wouldn’t otherwise have one. This year, we are estimating to feed over 3,000 deserving individuals, children and families across BC. For a full list of  […]

Thank You For Giving Us Hope When Everything Seemed Hopeless

Posted on 18th December 2017, by British Columbia
Things had always seemed to go well for Sandy. Her loving husband, John, had a stable job that kept the family in a comfortable lifestyle and provided the necessary services for their disabled 14-year-old son. Because they felt blessed, they wanted to share with their neighbors in need. Then, John lost the job he had  […]
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BC Sikh Organizations Collect Toys for Families in Need

Posted on 18th December 2017, by British Columbia
The holiday season is a great time to come together and make this Christmas special for families in your community. A fantastic example of community coming together is the Toys for Kids campaign by the Guru Nanak’s Free Kitchen and Sikh Academy Elementary, who are encouraging the Sikh community to collect and donate toys to  […]
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Making Spirits Bright

Posted on 12th December 2017, by British Columbia
Christmas is typically a time of great joy and family celebration. Yet for Erica, a young mother of three small children, the holiday season was overcast by a sense of dread and the harsh reality of poverty settling in. Seasonal questions turned from, “When will I find time to go shopping?” to “How will I  […]
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