Charity and Donations

The Elk Valley was out in force over the weekend to raise funds for Foundry East Kootenay. (Photo contributed)

4x4x48 challenge sees locals walk, run, bike their way for youth mental health

Over $15,000 was raised through the event over the weekend

 

Isabella GiaV ready to hit the slopes. (Contributed by Isabella GiaV)

Mighty moose dragathon raises funds for mental health awareness

Drag performers will be doing laps of the Mighty Moose at FAR next week to raise funds for the Elk Valley Suicide Taskforce

 

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

 

The Fernie Legion donated $500 each to Elk Valley Search and Rescue, Angel Flight East Kootenay, the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club, the Fernie Cadet Corp and Days for Girls. Pictured left to right: ?, ?, Jeannie Watson and Brent Bidston. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie Legion digs deep for local causes

The Legion donated $500 each to five local groups

The Fernie Legion donated $500 each to Elk Valley Search and Rescue, Angel Flight East Kootenay, the Elk Valley Dolphins Swim Club, the Fernie Cadet Corp and Days for Girls. Pictured left to right: ?, ?, Jeannie Watson and Brent Bidston. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Volunteers from the Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society. (Contributed by Katrin Taylor)

Elk Valley Thrift Shop celebrates half a million in donations

The EVTSS has donated $502,000 to local causes in the Elk Valley since it opened

Volunteers from the Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society. (Contributed by Katrin Taylor)
Andrew Whittington of the U12 boys soccer team in Fernie keeping his skills sharp through winter. (Photo contributed by Markus Glickman)

Young Fernie soccer players dig deep for Rwanda

The U12 boys and U13 girls soccer teams in Fernie have come together to donate soccer equipment

Andrew Whittington of the U12 boys soccer team in Fernie keeping his skills sharp through winter. (Photo contributed by Markus Glickman)
Donation recipients thank the EVTSS for their generosity. (Photo Contributed)

Elk Valley Thrift Shop Society sends donations to Philippines

The shop is generously sending a variety of items to locations affected by severe flooding

Donation recipients thank the EVTSS for their generosity. (Photo Contributed)
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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)
Calvin Domin is running to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health resources. (Photo Contributed)

Locals run to fundraise for youth mental health

Proceeds go the the EKFH’s Not Alone campaign raising money to support the opening of the Foundary

Calvin Domin is running to raise awareness and funds for teen mental health resources. (Photo Contributed)
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)
Kevin’s Your Independent Grocer presented Angel Flight East Kootenay with an $8,000 cheque on Sept. 16. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)

Independent presents Angel Flight East Kootenay with $8,000 donation

The donation was raised via fundraising barbecues.

Kevin’s Your Independent Grocer presented Angel Flight East Kootenay with an $8,000 cheque on Sept. 16. (Soranne Floarea/ The Free Press)
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Mike Sosnowski, Joe Caravetta, Karen Alexander and Dan Savage present the $20,000 check to Brenna Baker. (Photo Submitted)                                Mike Sosnowski, Joe Caravetta, Karen Alexander and Dan Savage present the $20,000 check to Brenna Baker. (Photo Submitted)

Beneath the Surface campaign is halfway to reaching $300,000 goal

The campaign seeks to bring an ultrasound service to the Elk Valley Hospital

Mike Sosnowski, Joe Caravetta, Karen Alexander and Dan Savage present the $20,000 check to Brenna Baker. (Photo Submitted)                                Mike Sosnowski, Joe Caravetta, Karen Alexander and Dan Savage present the $20,000 check to Brenna Baker. (Photo Submitted)
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)
Community Connections Society of Southeast BC Executive Director, Nancy Reid, with CFKR Executive Director, Lynnette Wray. Photo Submitted

CFKR grants over $100,000 to local charities

The grants assist the donees with COVID-19 related relief

Community Connections Society of Southeast BC Executive Director, Nancy Reid, with CFKR Executive Director, Lynnette Wray. Photo Submitted
Marilyn Dean and Kathy Stead pose beside the artwork donated to Lilac Terrace in Sparwood. Photo Submitted

Local artists donate to Elk Valley retirement homes

Made to liven spirits, the donations spruce up the interior of local retirement homes

Marilyn Dean and Kathy Stead pose beside the artwork donated to Lilac Terrace in Sparwood. Photo Submitted
A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)

Donation dump: Diabetes Canada pens open letter with bins overflowing with trash

The donation pickup stoppage resulted in the temporary layoff of over 500 staffers

A photo posted to social media by Diabetes Canada on Monday, April 6, 2020, shows piles of donations and trash in front of bins. (Diabetes Canada)
Representatives from Angel Flight received a cheque from the Ghostriders at their most recent home game. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press

Ghostriders generously donate to Angel Flight

The Riders gave back to the community with a bighearted donation to Angel Flight

Representatives from Angel Flight received a cheque from the Ghostriders at their most recent home game. Soranne Floarea/The Free Press
Cassandra Converse holds the only pair of shoes she managed to recover from Mission’s Value Village in February 2020. Her boyfriend accidentally gave away 50 pairs of hers. Submitted Photo

Man accidentally donates girlfriend’s 50 pairs of shoes to B.C. thrift store

Cassandra Converse has forgiven him, but she jokes that this Valentine’s Day better be pretty special

Cassandra Converse holds the only pair of shoes she managed to recover from Mission’s Value Village in February 2020. Her boyfriend accidentally gave away 50 pairs of hers. Submitted Photo