FSJ residents give generously for local cause

Residents of Fort St. John have shown that even in an economic downturn they remain generous when raising money for local organizations.

Due to overwhelming support from the community of Fort St. John, money going towards the Women’s Resource Centre and Child Services was raised ahead of schedule.

The goal was to raise $29,000 from February to September, but because of the extent of the support from people in the city, the goal was reached Friday, according to Connie Sal, general manager of the Western Financial Group who orchestrated the drive.

The fundraising target was reached nearly a month ahead of schedule and Sal says she has stopped collecting donations.

The money was being raised to supply 1,000 sleep kits to the two local organizations. Each kit provides a child at the centre with a book, toothbrush, toothpaste, nightlight, and a pair of pajamas, along with a thank you card and a pencil.

Sal says $10,000 of the total was donated by the Western Financial group in Fort St. John and the remaining $19,000 was provided by individuals in the community.

She says she believes one of the reasons the money was raised so quickly is because it was going towards community organizations.

“As soon as you say that it’s for local children, it’s like [residents] can’t give enough.”

As a finishing touch, there will be a barbecue at the Totem Mall on Sept. 2. Sal says she hopes people will wear their pajamas in support of the event.

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