Downtown turning down the heat

Downtown Nanaimo businesses are dialing down the heat while collecting sweaters to donate to local charities.

The Downtown Nanaimo Business Improvement Association is joining about 20 other communities participating in the inaugural Turn Down the Heat Week Feb. 2-9, an environmental and charitable initiative presented by Business Improvement Areas of B.C. in collaboration with FortisBC.

“The idea is wear a sweater, give a sweater, turn down the heat,” said Corry Hostetter, DNBIA general manager. “It’s the first provincewide campaign we’ve participated in. It’s our chance, first of all, to give back to a charity. It’s also an opportunity for our businesses to create some traffic at a slow period of time.”

All sweaters collected will be donated to the Nanaimo Women’s Resource Centre and the Nanaimo Men’s Resource Centre. If all of the participating businesses collect at least a dozen sweaters, Hostetter said the association should have more than 200 to donate. Provincewide, the goal is to collect about 2,700 sweaters.

She said businesses will start collecting the sweaters today (Jan. 26) and will turn down the heat the following week.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Lantzville marks 10th birthday
Living with juvenile diabetes a constant learning curve
Nanaimo council candidate: Fred Pattje
ELECTION 2014: Why don’t people vote in municipal elections?
B.C. lawyers vote to overturn Trinity Western law school recognition
Shovel in the dirt closer
RDN wary of tower, smart meters
Vision 2012: leisure then
Cowichan officials not waiting for more rain to fall

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 30 edition online now. Browse the archives.