Community Papers

Mission's Canadian Tire gets into the spirit of Jumpstart Day

Street hockey was among the popular attractions for kids at Jumpstart Day on Saturday at Mission
Street hockey was among the popular attractions for kids at Jumpstart Day on Saturday at Mission's Canadian Tire.
— image credit: Bob Friesen

The sixth annual Jumpstart Day drew crowds to Mission's Canadian Tire on Saturday to participate in a wide variety of family-oriented activities.

The event was in celebration of the Jumpstart Red Ball campaign, which, through the month of May, encouraged customers to donate $2 in exchange for a red ball – a national symbol for child’s play. The local festivities included a bouncy castle, basketball shooting contest, street hockey area, face painting, free bike tune-ups, and a draw for a barbecue.

"We had a lot of support," said store manager Casey Jones. "It was very busy, outside and inside.

"It was just like it is every year – a pretty good celebration."

Jumpstart is a charitable initiative that provides financial assistance for families who can't afford to enrol their kids in organized sport, and has helped more than 730,000 kids in the past nine years. One hundred per cent of every donation stays in the community in which it was made.

Jones said his staff really gets behind Jumpstart fundraising, including the Red Ball campaign and Jumpstart Day.

"We usually have a little competition between cashiers to see who can get the most (Red Ball) donations, and they have a lot of fun with it," he said. "We had a lot of our staff volunteer on their days off to help with (Jumpstart Day) setup and takedown. They love it."

To learn more about how Jumpstart is making an impact in your community or to make a donation, visit

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

VIDEO: Dalai Lama met by admirers, protestors, and Selena Gomez during Vancouver visit
April 8 Cuban dance will help spread the love in Zimbabwe
B.C. legislature to declare Terry Fox Day
Classic folk singers and musicians influence Mowbray
The Sooke volleyball ladies
Fiesta at Alberni Elementary
Super excited
Dateline Cowichan 1977: Community centre opens to fanfare
Museum gears up for Hallowe’en with Lego and Spooky Surprises this weekend