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Coats and cans: give 'em if you got 'em

Christina Montgomery
Nov 26th, 2011

Everybody needs a warm coat. And a warm meal. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

It's the usual holiday dilemma: you're out spending money on gifts for family and friends, and a little voice in the back of your head is telling you maybe the money is also needed elsewhere.

Welcome to one solution: the Alife "coat and can" charity drive.

The Vancouver chapter of New York street-wear giant Alife has partnered with the Greater Vancouver Food Bank on a charity drive that will run through Dec. 23 at its Wall Street shop.

The goal is to help families in need during the holiday season. Alife is offering a 30 per cent discount on any item or items in the store to anyone who brings in a coat and two non-perishable food items.

At the end of the drive, all donated coats will be distributed to the Salvation Army's Vancouver locations. Food wil head to the shelves of the food bank.

Dear Larry Gold, all I want for Christmas is my daughter to be pain free

Beverley Pomeroy
Dec 17th, 2010

The author with her daughter, Sofia

Dear BC Children’s Hospital President Larry Gold,

This time of year most children are writing their lists to Santa, asking for bikes, iPads, a new doll.  This year, my daughter is writing to Santa asking for a new spine or at least a fixed one so she can be pain free.

Dear Mr. Gold, I value and admire your leadership role as the President of BC Children’s Hospital and Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children.  It is through great leadership that I believe our communities will sustain and flourish.

As a fellow leader in our nonprofit / social sector, it disheartens me to have to write you a letter regarding BC Children’s Hospital and the inappropriate length in wait lists for our Province’s children; in particular, the unacceptable length for a sedated MRI.

Food Bank CEO Cheryl Carline fills empty tummies and hungry hearts VIDEO

Beverley Pomeroy
Nov 24th, 2010

Great Vancouver Food Bank Society Executive Director and CEO, Cheryl Carline

 

This time of year is synonymous with hospitality and giving.  We scour the malls, online and off, looking for that perfect gift for our loved ones.  We fill our cupboards, our fridges and our bellies with good food, splurge on that coveted bottle of wine and get together with people who, throughout the year, we just can’t seem to find time for a phone call never mind dinner.

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