Charity and Donations

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

 

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

 

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

 

Chris Squires of The Wack Window Cleaning Company has created the #100housechallenge where he’ll be cleaning the exterior windows of 100 homes for free when an interior window cleaning service is purchased and a food item is donated to Wilma’s Transition Society. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack window cleaner ready to donate to Wilma’s through #100housechallenge campaign

Chris Squires enjoys providing service, wants to express it via donations, giving back to community

Chris Squires of The Wack Window Cleaning Company has created the #100housechallenge where he’ll be cleaning the exterior windows of 100 homes for free when an interior window cleaning service is purchased and a food item is donated to Wilma’s Transition Society. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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)
Abbotsford student Sourav Arora delivered 26 backpacks filled with clothing, personal hygiene products and other items to vulnerable youth on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Submitted photo)

Student fills and delivers backpacks to vulnerable youth in Chilliwack and Abbotsford

Sourav Arora provides items to Cyrus Centre and to youth on the street

Abbotsford student Sourav Arora delivered 26 backpacks filled with clothing, personal hygiene products and other items to vulnerable youth on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. (Submitted photo)
Jenna Martel, 14, sits in her new $39,000 wheelchair, thanks to a man from Kelowna who donated the money needed, through Variety - The Children’s Charity, to buy the wheelchair for her. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Chilliwack teen gets $39,000 wheelchair thanks to Variety charity, generous donor

Jenna Martel’s new chair fully reclines to relieve pressure on hips, is fast, even has headlights

Jenna Martel, 14, sits in her new $39,000 wheelchair, thanks to a man from Kelowna who donated the money needed, through Variety - The Children’s Charity, to buy the wheelchair for her. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
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

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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)
Cozy Covers

Fraser Valley charity hopes to raise $40K for 16 organizations

Cozy Covers supporting groups in Abbotsford, Mission, Chilliwack and Langley

Cozy Covers
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)
The Pearl Life Renewal Society is having a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)

Garage sale to raise funds for sexually exploited women in Chilliwack

Donations sought for upcoming garage sale fundraiser for Pearl Life Renewal Society

The Pearl Life Renewal Society is having a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Submitted)
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Jean Douglas-Webb of Abbotsford is participating in the fourth annual Solidarity Cycle on Sept. 13 to raise money for African grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. (Submitted photo)

Team of 30 cyclists to pedal in support of African grandmothers

Annual Solidarity Cycle travels through Aldergrove, Abbotsford and Chilliwack

Jean Douglas-Webb of Abbotsford is participating in the fourth annual Solidarity Cycle on Sept. 13 to raise money for African grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren orphaned by AIDS. (Submitted photo)
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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)