Charity and Donations

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)

Blizzards forecast in BC in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in province and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in B.C., announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in British Columbia will go to the B.C. Childrens Hospital Foundation. (Mike Mozart/Flickr photo)
The Starfish Backpack program offers Chilliwack students food to take home to their families. (Langley Advance Times files)

Union makes $1,000 donation to Rotary Club of Chilliwack’s Feed the Kids Initiative

The Christian Labour Association of Canada donated as part of its Building Communities program

The Starfish Backpack program offers Chilliwack students food to take home to their families. (Langley Advance Times files)
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Credit union donates $50K to support B.C. wildfire victims

First West is also encouraging its members to donate to the cause

(Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)

Island near Nanaimo preserved as park after $4M donation from Lululemon founder

Chip Wilson’s family’s foundation supports three land purchases in the Strait of Georgia

Saturnina Island is situated off the east coast of Gabriola Island. (Google Maps image)
Bouquets for Baba volunteer Jan Hickman, right, puts up a display for their Mother’s Day campaign at Therapy. (Special to The News)

Bouquets needed for B.C. babas

Mother’s Day campaign to inspire donations for one or two years

Bouquets for Baba volunteer Jan Hickman, right, puts up a display for their Mother’s Day campaign at Therapy. (Special to The News)
Zajac Ranch in Mission is one of four charities that will benefit from The Big 50/50 Lottery, which runs until April 15. (Photo by Zajac Ranch)

50/50 lottery supports 4 charities, including 2 in Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation and Zajac Ranch included in fundraiser

Zajac Ranch in Mission is one of four charities that will benefit from The Big 50/50 Lottery, which runs until April 15. (Photo by Zajac Ranch)
Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford raises highest total ever

Event goes virtual in 2021 for first time, raising $320K for foodgrains bank

Bob (left) and Rob Brandsma get ready to hand off items to winning bidders last Friday (March 12) at Abby Stockyard following this year’s virtual Make a Difference Sale, which ran March 8 to 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Mohammad Shafi of Parksville has retired after 70 years in the shoe business. (Facebook photo)

Retiring B.C. shoe store owner donates his entire inventory to Salvation Army

Shafi, 91, retires after more than 70 years in the business

Mohammad Shafi of Parksville has retired after 70 years in the shoe business. (Facebook photo)
The annual Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford is moving online for 2021. (File photo)

Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford goes virtual for 2021

Annual auction raises money for world hunger through Canadian Foodgrains Bank

The annual Make a Difference Sale in Abbotsford is moving online for 2021. (File photo)
Phil Dacre (left) and Lana Guthrie started a two-person Rally for Love fundraising committee and raised more than $2,000 for Chilliwack Community Cupboard. (Submitted photo)

Rally for Love fundraiser brings in more than $2,000 for Chilliwack Community Cupboard

Phil Dacre and Lana Guthrie formed a two-person committee to run a Christmas drive

Phil Dacre (left) and Lana Guthrie started a two-person Rally for Love fundraising committee and raised more than $2,000 for Chilliwack Community Cupboard. (Submitted photo)
Addy VanLochlem of Agassiz swims at Ferny Coombe Pool. Her swimathon attracted the attention of the First Lady of Kenya, who matched Addy’s donation to impoverished communities in her country. (File Photo)

Kenyan First Lady matches Agassiz swimathon donations

Addy VanLochlem’s donation helped secure 180,000 meals for needy children in Kenya

Addy VanLochlem of Agassiz swims at Ferny Coombe Pool. Her swimathon attracted the attention of the First Lady of Kenya, who matched Addy’s donation to impoverished communities in her country. (File Photo)
Elizabeth Melnick at Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford wildlife centre joins laundry list of groups suffering financially due to pandemic

Centre desperately in need of new outbuildings to house and care for small creatures

Elizabeth Melnick at Elizabeth’s Wildlife Center in Abbotsford. (Abbotsford News file photo)
Guests who purchased tickets for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s virtual Grand Gala on Nov. 20 received the “Gala in a Box.” (Submitted photo)

Virtual Fraser Valley Grand Gala raises $67K for health care

Event supports hospitals in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Hope

Guests who purchased tickets for the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation’s virtual Grand Gala on Nov. 20 received the “Gala in a Box.” (Submitted photo)
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Iconic Salvation Army fundraiser faces increased demand, challenges due to COVID-19

Charity says it has not seen an increase in demand like this for decades

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Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)

Paramedic donates pandemic pay to B.C. charity, challenges others to do same

Will Rogers gifts $2,000 each to Surrey Food Bank and Surrey Christmas Bureau

Paramedic Will Rogers donates his pandemic pay to the Surrey Food Bank and the Surrey Christmas Bureau Nov. 5. Rogers is challenging other front-line workers to donate their pandemic pay as well. (Photo: Submitted)
A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)

Narwhal tusk discovered in Calgary Goodwill pile to be donated to university

The tusk had federal hunting tags from 1978 attached that say animal was harvested from the central Arctic

A narwhal tusk that was donated to a Goodwill store in northwest Calgary this summer will soon be gifted to the Arctic Institute of North America (Hesam Rezaei)
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Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)

Charities worry about loss of trust, donations in wake of WE deal controversy

Imagine Canada, a charity itself, has calculated the COVID-19 pandemic will cut donations by up to $6 billion this year

Workers build the frame of a Habitat for Humanity house as their United Way’s Day of Caring project on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, in Decatur, Ala. The head of a group that promotes charities says there are concerns about long-term negatives impacts in the sector from the ongoing WE controversy on Parliament Hill. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeronimo Nisa/The Decatur Daily via AP)
Nelson Drozdowich got help preparing for his tandem parachute jump in 2015 from grandaughter Nicolette Barnes at Cyrus Centre’s Leap of Faith event. Drozdowich, now 90, is doing his 10th annual jump in Abbotsford on July 28. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford man, 90, to do 10th annual leap from plane

Nelson Drozdowich hopes to reach $100,000 goal for Cyrus Centre

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Nelson Drozdowich got help preparing for his tandem parachute jump in 2015 from grandaughter Nicolette Barnes at Cyrus Centre’s Leap of Faith event. Drozdowich, now 90, is doing his 10th annual jump in Abbotsford on July 28. (Abbotsford News file photo)