Trees of Giving to benefit community resources

Central GM holiday fundraising event raises awareness, much needed cash

Deanna Deacon

A new holiday fundraising event organized by Central GM in 100 Mile House is raising much needed funds, and awareness, for three local groups providing important services.

Trees of Giving is benefiting the Canadian Mental Health Foundation- South Cariboo Branch, the 100 Mile House & District Women’s Centre Society and the 100 Mile District Hospice Palliative Care Society.

While speaking with representatives from those organizations, Central GM’s Deanna Deacon, in charge of marketing and community engagement, found out there’s a significant need at all three for financial support, especially around this time of year.

“[The groups] mentioned they lost some recent funding they used to rely on. They literally said every single dollar makes a difference.”

Silver, green and blue donation boxes can be found around town, giving community members the opportunity to support one – or two or all three – of the organizations.

“We have put a strong emphasis on the fact that every donation counts, regardless of the size. We hope that everyone will come together as a community to support these local resources and share what they are able to.”

Donation boxes are currently at Central GM, Borgos’ Sport Shack, Didi’s Boutique, Red Rock Grill, One Another A Coffee House, Our Kitchen Corner and 70 Mile General Store.

Three Christmas trees – one silver, one green and one blue – representing the charities are on display in the Central GM showroom. For every $5 donation the charities receive, Central GM will put a decoration on that charity’s tree.

Deacon encourages people to visit and see the trees, and maybe help decorate them, when the ornaments go up on Thursdays around midday.

Donations are being accepted until Dec. 23. Every cent donated will go to the corresponding charities.

Trees of Giving is all about raising awareness, supporting important service providers, and coming together as a community, Deacon adds.

“Every person can make a difference.”

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