Charity and Donations

Performer Blake Elliott presented a cheque for $10,000 from the ‘mister Blake foundation’ to Refresh Mobile Shower Ministry’s Bill Keyes in Abbotsford on Jan. 19. The ministry provides showers in a mobile unit to the unhoused, in partnership with other service providers in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Mobile shower ministry gets big boost to continue work in Fraser Valley

Abbotsford-based group has provided 2,600 showers to people in need since 2019

 

More than 120 walkers showed up for the Coldest Night of the Year in 2020 in Port Alberni, the last time the event was held in person. (MIKE YOUDS/ Special to the News)

Help the hurt, hungry and homeless on the Coldest Night of the Year

Annual fundraiser seeks teams in Port Alberni for Feb. 25 event

 

Cathy Cross from ADSS, third from left, and Sally Anderson from the Read and Feed program, centre, accept donations on Dec. 22, 2022 from VIREB representative Olivier Naud, left, and other Alberni Valley Realtors. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Alberni Valley realtors donate to children’s charities

VIREB fees go to high school bursary, elementary school breakfast program

 

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10-year-old Ivy Costello and YANA executive director Kelly Barnie show off Ivy’s new diamond ring. Photo supplied

10-year-old all smiles after $5,600 diamond ring pops out of her Christmas cracker

Visitor from New Zealand wins grand prize in annual Comox Valley fundraiser

10-year-old Ivy Costello and YANA executive director Kelly Barnie show off Ivy’s new diamond ring. Photo supplied
A fire investigator from Port Alberni Fire Department examines the aftermath of a Boxing Day fire at a home on Haslam Lane, Dec. 27, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Four people escape Boxing Day house fire in Port Alberni

Son starts fundraiser for mother, who lost everything in early-morning blaze

A fire investigator from Port Alberni Fire Department examines the aftermath of a Boxing Day fire at a home on Haslam Lane, Dec. 27, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Roberta Jensen, June Pederson and other members of the Alberni Health Care Auxiliary present WCGH site manager Pam Rardon, right, with one of six new crash carts the auxiliary purchased earlier this year. (PHOTO COURTESY ROBERTA JENSEN)

Alberni Health Care Auxiliary commits $150k to West Coast General Hospital

Auxiliary raises funds through its thrift store, The Attic

Roberta Jensen, June Pederson and other members of the Alberni Health Care Auxiliary present WCGH site manager Pam Rardon, right, with one of six new crash carts the auxiliary purchased earlier this year. (PHOTO COURTESY ROBERTA JENSEN)
The SOS Toy Shop welcomes parents, caregivers, grandparents and great-grandparents who need help getting gifts for their young family members. The gifts are donated by the community. (Submitted photo)

Island woman deals with challenges of facing Christmas at age 86 with one income

Access to SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program provides relief

The SOS Toy Shop welcomes parents, caregivers, grandparents and great-grandparents who need help getting gifts for their young family members. The gifts are donated by the community. (Submitted photo)
Meals on Wheels Port Alberni coordinator Gina Burggraf, left, accepts 50 handmade placemats from the Sunshine Quilters on Dec. 7, 2022 in the craft room at Echo Centre. The placemats will go to clients with their Christmas dinners. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Sunshine Quilters donate hand-sewn placemats to Meals on Wheels program

After two-year break, quilters contribute 50 items for clients’ Christmas dinners

Meals on Wheels Port Alberni coordinator Gina Burggraf, left, accepts 50 handmade placemats from the Sunshine Quilters on Dec. 7, 2022 in the craft room at Echo Centre. The placemats will go to clients with their Christmas dinners. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Students and staff from Maquinna Elementary School fill the Salvation Army truck with the 500 food items they collected in an annual food drive in December 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY JULIE DAWSON)

Maquinna Elementary students collect food for Salvation Army

Kids loaded annual food drive items into cube van after successful campaign

Students and staff from Maquinna Elementary School fill the Salvation Army truck with the 500 food items they collected in an annual food drive in December 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY JULIE DAWSON)
Keith Ellwood (operations manager at Western Forest Products) presents a cheque to Major Michael Ramsay and Lisa George of the Salvation Army. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Western Forest Products donates $10k to Port Alberni Salvation Army

Donation will provide toys and food to families for the holidays

Keith Ellwood (operations manager at Western Forest Products) presents a cheque to Major Michael Ramsay and Lisa George of the Salvation Army. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Briana Greer (left) in Terrace with her mother, Sheila Myshrall, who urgently needs a kidney transplant. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Anyone wishing to donate would need to call Vancouver General Hospital and mention Sheila Myshrall’s name. (Black Press Media file photo)

Daughter hopes for ‘Christmas miracle’ as B.C. mom’s kidney fails

Briana Greer hopes to save mom on B.C. kidney waiting list

Briana Greer (left) in Terrace with her mother, Sheila Myshrall, who urgently needs a kidney transplant. (Michael Bramadat-Willcock/Terrace Standard)
Anyone wishing to donate would need to call Vancouver General Hospital and mention Sheila Myshrall’s name. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sproat Lake VFD Firefighter Isaac McDonald, left, accepts a donation of food from his Dad, John McDonald, at the Harold Bishop Fire Hall on Pacific Rim Highway, during a food drive on Dec. 10, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Sproat Lake Volunteer Fire Department fills vintage firetruck with food

Unexpected snowfall didn’t deter people from participating in third annual food drive

  • Dec 14, 2022
Sproat Lake VFD Firefighter Isaac McDonald, left, accepts a donation of food from his Dad, John McDonald, at the Harold Bishop Fire Hall on Pacific Rim Highway, during a food drive on Dec. 10, 2022. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Indie, a two-year-old border collie-Australian shepherd cross from Nanaimo, is being featured with 14 other pets from across Canada in Bosley’s by Pet Valu’s 2023 calendar, which raises money to help homeless pets. (Brittni Panter photo)

Vancouver Island dog is ‘Miss August’ in national fundraiser calendar

Bosley’s by Pet Valu chooses photograph of Indie taken in Nanaimo

  • Dec 12, 2022
Indie, a two-year-old border collie-Australian shepherd cross from Nanaimo, is being featured with 14 other pets from across Canada in Bosley’s by Pet Valu’s 2023 calendar, which raises money to help homeless pets. (Brittni Panter photo)
Hugh Grist is chair of the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Community Foundation calls for grant applications

Deadline for letters of intent from registered non-profits is Feb. 28, 2023

  • Dec 5, 2022
Hugh Grist is chair of the Alberni Valley Community Foundation. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
14 members of Whonnock Roofing and Gutters shovelled walks on Nov. 30 for donations to the family of Savanna Gervais. (Clay Gagnon/Special to The News)

B.C. company shovels driveways to collect donations for 4-year-old cancer victim

Whonnock Roofing collected more than $6,000 for family of Savanna Gervais

14 members of Whonnock Roofing and Gutters shovelled walks on Nov. 30 for donations to the family of Savanna Gervais. (Clay Gagnon/Special to The News)
Volunteers from the Oceanview Community Church hand out cookies to students and staff in the  Ladysmith Secondary School foyer. (Photo submitted)

Island churchgoers given hundreds of pounds of flour, decide to bake 1,300 cookies

Ladysmith’s Oceanview Community Church comes up with ‘Milk and Cookie Day’ idea for students

  • Nov 30, 2022
Volunteers from the Oceanview Community Church hand out cookies to students and staff in the  Ladysmith Secondary School foyer. (Photo submitted)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ forward Ethan Bono tangles up Penticton Vees defenceman Gabriel Guilbault at the end boards during the second period of the Bulldogs’ BC Hockey League home game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (KAICEE TROTT/ Special to the AV News)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ forward Ethan Bono tangles up Penticton Vees defenceman Gabriel Guilbault at the end boards during the second period of the Bulldogs’ BC Hockey League home game on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (KAICEE TROTT/ Special to the AV News)
Lady Rose Marine Services manager Mike Surrell, left, co-owner Greg Willmon, Robyn Monrufet and Teresa Ludvigson from Alberni Valley Hospice Society, and Major Michael Ramsay from Salvation Army team up for a special program aboard the MV Frances Barkley in December 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Lady Rose Marine drops fees to sail to Bamfield in December

Company asks for donations to Salvation Army, hospice instead; Budget Rental issues challenge too

Lady Rose Marine Services manager Mike Surrell, left, co-owner Greg Willmon, Robyn Monrufet and Teresa Ludvigson from Alberni Valley Hospice Society, and Major Michael Ramsay from Salvation Army team up for a special program aboard the MV Frances Barkley in December 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Lindsey and Grayson Drakeley attend the launch of Help Fill A Dream and Country Grocer’s 2022 holiday campaign at Eurosa Farms in Central Saanich. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Help Fill A Dream, Country Grocer launch 2022 holiday campaign for Island families

Help Fill A Dream has helped over 3,400 Vancouver Island and Gulf Island families since 1986

Lindsey and Grayson Drakeley attend the launch of Help Fill A Dream and Country Grocer’s 2022 holiday campaign at Eurosa Farms in Central Saanich. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
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