The salvation army helps provide services and food for low income and homeless locals, specifically in New Westminster for this location. The grocery products program runs Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, and volunteers receive donations, sort, quality check, and distribute the products to those who attend the event. Locals attending can acquire and leave with up to $150 in groceries each day. On Saturdays the Salvation Army has a hot meal program for those who do not have a means or a home to cook for themselves. The program thrives on donations and help from numerous, reliable volunteers. In June, we had the opportunity to work with the Salvation Army through this program and help people in our community.
In March, we held a dinner and silent auction called Charity for Change to raise money for Books for Africa and the Malala Fund. The theme of our fundraiser was to help provide educational resources for women and children. The Books for Africa Organization collects, sorts, and ships educational books to African students of all ages and the Malala Education Fund aims to empower women through education especially in the countries of Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria, and places housing Syrian refugees. It was a night of great food, laughter, and even better company. Overall, it was a great success as we were able to raise $3,943! This will allow us to send close to 300 lbs worth of books to Books for Africa along with a $1,050 monetary donation. The remaining $2,893 will be donated to the Malala Fund. We want to thank everyone involved who helped make our event a success!
This past Christmas, the New Westminster Rotaract Club started a blanket drive and hygiene product collection for the local community of New West. We partnered with Lord Tweedsmuir and Our Lady of Mercy elementary schools that assisted us in providing warmth and hygiene products to 92 people of the Holy Trinity Cathedral Breakfast program. It was a morning full of laughter, and love and we appreciated the opportunity to talk with others in our community. It also helped us appreciate all that we have. We collected over 100 blankets and gave out as many as 70 hygiene packages consisting of toothbrushes, socks, toothpaste, combs and feminine hygiene products. Here’s a recap of our little project!