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‘Stuff the Bus’ with school supplies helping Chilliwack families
The three Chilliwack Chartwell Retirement Residences; Hampton House, Lynnwood and Birchwood raised more than $750 in school supplies and more than $100 in cash at their second annual “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies drive.
The Chartwell Residences teamed up outside of Target at Cottonwood Mall on Aug. 15 with the goal of collecting as many school supplies as they could in a three hour time span.
Residents from each residence also have been donating supplies throughout this month. Everything from pencils and glue to geometry sets and backpacks were donated.
Volunteers from the Chartwell residences and Community Services were also selling cotton candy and cold drinks for a donation to the cause. All donations will be going to help Chilliwack Community Services’ Early Years and Family Services programs.
Chartwell has done “Stuff the Bus” fundraisers for The Salvation Army and Chilliwack Community Services in the past, but this is only the second time they have done one collecting school supplies.
“Thank you very much to Chartwell homes for initiating this amazing fundraiser to help families through Chilliwack Community Services” says Karin Massar, the fund development officer for Chilliwack Community Services. “These school supplies will help kids who may have had limited supplies without these donations. Many times families in our programs have to choose between food and shelter over other essentials like school supplies. Special thanks to Target and the community as well; we are overwhelmed with this support.”
• Chartwell Retirement Residences owns and manages retirement residences and long-term care homes across Canada with three homes in Chilliwack. Visit www.chartwell.com for more information.