Charity and Donations

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House will distribute community donated non-perishables to clients in need. (Black Press Media file photo)

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House begins holiday canned-food collections

Donations accepted at municipal facilities, pickups available on garbage days in mid-December

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House will distribute community donated non-perishables to clients in need. (Black Press Media file photo)
Muppet Man of Duncan B.C.’s Helmet Head Canada has shared the locations of this year’s holiday toy drive. (Courtesy of Helmet Head Canada)

Helmet cover company undertaking Vancouver Island hospital toy drive

Donations accepted at Bay Centre, Barnes Harley Davidson, North Oyster Fire Department

Muppet Man of Duncan B.C.’s Helmet Head Canada has shared the locations of this year’s holiday toy drive. (Courtesy of Helmet Head Canada)
Ryan Reynolds, an actor and advocate for many issues, appears in a Pacific Wild campaign video. He is also asking his followers to make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts in Abbotsford and other flood-affected communities. (Pacific Wild Website)

Ryan Reynolds makes Red Cross donation following B.C. floods, urges fans to do the same

Canadian Red Cross providing humanitarian assistance to those affected by extreme weather

Ryan Reynolds, an actor and advocate for many issues, appears in a Pacific Wild campaign video. He is also asking his followers to make donations to the Canadian Red Cross to help with disaster relief efforts in Abbotsford and other flood-affected communities. (Pacific Wild Website)
Shoebox Project Victoria Chapter coordinator Deb Schenk shows off some example shoeboxes. The project is seeking donations for this year’s campaign, with the goal of supporting 620 women. (Photo Courtesy of Deb Schenk)

Victoria Shoebox Project sets sights on brightening holiday season for 620 women

Donations of shoeboxes filled with $50 in toiletries, gifts and gift cards sought

Shoebox Project Victoria Chapter coordinator Deb Schenk shows off some example shoeboxes. The project is seeking donations for this year’s campaign, with the goal of supporting 620 women. (Photo Courtesy of Deb Schenk)
Greyson Thickens holds a life-sized Pokemon card designed by Help Fill a Dream and Country Grocer at Eurosa Farms – where it was announced he and his family will be going on an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Saanich farm hosts dream trip announcement for young artist

Child with Type-1 diabetes and an affinity for Japan to travel there with his family

Greyson Thickens holds a life-sized Pokemon card designed by Help Fill a Dream and Country Grocer at Eurosa Farms – where it was announced he and his family will be going on an all-expenses-paid trip to Japan. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Carey Salvador of the Mary Winspear Centre is already in the holiday spirit as Peninsula Santa’s Helpers’ annual Saanich Peninsula Holiday Toy Drive is underway. The campaign is exclusively collecting monetary donations with all funds used to purchase gifts for Peninsula children in need. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

Money talks again for Saanich Peninsula toy drive amid pandemic protocols

Last year’s Holiday Toy Drive raised $8,705 to purchase toys for families in need

Carey Salvador of the Mary Winspear Centre is already in the holiday spirit as Peninsula Santa’s Helpers’ annual Saanich Peninsula Holiday Toy Drive is underway. The campaign is exclusively collecting monetary donations with all funds used to purchase gifts for Peninsula children in need. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Warm clothes can become lifesaving items for at-risk residents when winter weather strikes. (Black Press Media file photo)

Clothing donations needed across Greater Victoria

Warm outerwear most requested for those in need, as winter looms

Warm clothes can become lifesaving items for at-risk residents when winter weather strikes. (Black Press Media file photo)
New homeowners join representatives from Habitat for Humanity and the Victoria Real Estate Board in ceebrating the board’s $100,000 donation to the housing charity. (Photo courtesy of VREB)

Victoria Real Estate Board boosts home ownership hopes with $100,000 donation

Donation to Habitat for Humanity plants seeds for its Build the Future fund

New homeowners join representatives from Habitat for Humanity and the Victoria Real Estate Board in ceebrating the board’s $100,000 donation to the housing charity. (Photo courtesy of VREB)
Gordy Dodd has been hosting special dinners for vulnerable members of the community for more than two decades. His company is doing so again for Thanksgiving, in Victoria on Oct. 8 at Our Place (shown here during a previous dinner), and in Nanaimo and Campbell River, also next week. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria-based merchant hosting 23rd annual Thanksgiving dinners

Those in need can dine in Victoria, Nanaimo and Campbell River, courtesy Dodd’s Furniture & Mattress

Gordy Dodd has been hosting special dinners for vulnerable members of the community for more than two decades. His company is doing so again for Thanksgiving, in Victoria on Oct. 8 at Our Place (shown here during a previous dinner), and in Nanaimo and Campbell River, also next week. (Black Press Media file photo)
Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Island retiree operates thrift store to keep his neighbourhood neighbourly

Deni’s Dynamite Deals donates thousands of dollars every month

Deni Bezeau, owner of Deni’s Dynamite Deals, set up his thrift store at the corner of Bruce Avenue and Seventh Street in Nanaimo to raise money for high school extracurricular programs and other organizations in need of cash. He now donates about $11,000 monthly. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)

VIDEO: Riders motivated by the cause as Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock rolls down Island

RCMP constable gets head shaved at event hosted by Island Corridor Foundation

Tour de Rock rider and Nanaimo RCMP Const. Cydney MacNeill has her hair cut by Dan Awalt, co-owner of Heavy D’s Barbershop, outside the Coach and Horses Pub on Sunday, Sept. 26. (Greg Sakaki)
Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)

5 cents for every litre of fuel purchased at Peninsula Co-op flows to charity

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, funds will go out to the Help Fill A Dream foundation

Sara Hutchison, Brennan Woolley and Sarah Howarth of Peninsula Co-op. (Alec Wheeler photo)
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Victoria Grandmothers for Africa take off on the final leg of their fundraising efforts from Central Park. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Victoria grandmothers raise over $100,000 with virtual tour across Africa

Riders averaging 70 years encouraged with the ethos, ‘don’t be too cautious – go as far as you can’

Victoria Grandmothers for Africa take off on the final leg of their fundraising efforts from Central Park. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
‘Rogan the Painting Dog’ creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)

Painting ‘paw’-digy motivated by B.C. doggie treats

Nanaimo’s Foley Dog Treat Company partners with artistic pooch on charitable initiative

‘Rogan the Painting Dog’ creates artwork featured on Foley Dog Treat Company packaging as part of a charitable partnership. (Photo submitted)
Surrey teen Sia Sidhu has been raising money for BC Children’s Hospital in a variety of ways in recent years. This year's "Team Sia" fundraiser involves a raffle of more than 60 prizes donated by sponsors. (submitted photo)

B.C. girl, 13, raises over $32K for BC Children’s Hospital, launches new raffle

Several hospital departments have benefitted from Sia Sidhu’s fundraising work in recent years

Surrey teen Sia Sidhu has been raising money for BC Children’s Hospital in a variety of ways in recent years. This year's "Team Sia" fundraiser involves a raffle of more than 60 prizes donated by sponsors. (submitted photo)
Tucker, the starving bobcat rescued by Langley’s Critter Care, is doing well, but he will need new accommodations. The wild animal rehab centre has launched a sponsorship campaign to help pay for it. (Critter Care video)

VIDEO: B.C. animal rehab centre offers a chance to sponsor rescued bobcat

Tucker is doing well, but he will need a new enclosure

Tucker, the starving bobcat rescued by Langley’s Critter Care, is doing well, but he will need new accommodations. The wild animal rehab centre has launched a sponsorship campaign to help pay for it. (Critter Care video)
A free-food market that has been serving people from the Quadra Village Community Centre for the last decade is on the hunt for a new location. (Facebook/Living Edge Community)

Victoria free-food market looking for new permanent home

Living Edge’s last market at the Quadra Village Community Centre is on Aug. 26

A free-food market that has been serving people from the Quadra Village Community Centre for the last decade is on the hunt for a new location. (Facebook/Living Edge Community)
Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in Greater Victoria, announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in the region will go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. (Google Street View)

Blizzards forecast for Victoria in October – each raising funds for children’s hospital care

Dairy Queen’s Miracle Treat Day reset for Oct. 28 in region and across Canada

Dairy Queen Canada, with multiple stores in Greater Victoria, announced recently it has rescheduled its annual Miracle Treat Day normally seen this month to Oct. 28. A portion of the proceeds from all Blizzards sold on that day in the region will go to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation. (Google Street View)
The War Amps, which has run a successful fundraising service through its key tag program since 1946, has played a major role in the life of amputee Ethan Van Tol, pictured here in 2012, left, and 2021. (Courtesy of the War Amps)

Victoria amputee among many young people helped by War Amps program

Ethan Van Tol grateful for support received through key tag service

The War Amps, which has run a successful fundraising service through its key tag program since 1946, has played a major role in the life of amputee Ethan Van Tol, pictured here in 2012, left, and 2021. (Courtesy of the War Amps)