Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog is happy to be on hand as Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress, represented by president Gordy Dodd, presents 150 blankets to the Salvation Army in Nanaimo, represented by envoy Dawne Anderson. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo Mayor Leonard Krog is happy to be on hand as Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress, represented by president Gordy Dodd, presents 150 blankets to the Salvation Army in Nanaimo, represented by envoy Dawne Anderson. (Greg Sakaki/News Bulletin)

Furniture store donates 150 blankets to Salvation Army in Nanaimo

Dodd’s cancels drive-thru giving event due to COVID-19, but finds another way to help

Dodd’s Furniture is home for the holidays in its new location in north Nanaimo, and it is trying to do its part to make it a cozier Christmas for others in the community.

Dodd’s Furniture and Mattress donated 150 blankets to the Salvation Army in Nanaimo, and is also passing along other donations of food, clothing and the like.

“It’s really important for us to give back,” said Gordy Dodd, president of Dodd’s. “We are doing good, we just opened up this new store … Every year we are trying to do more and more. We are local and we want to be helping local people and we love the local community.”

The furniture store had planned a drive-thru giving event today, Dec. 5, but cancelled it due to COVID-19 health and safety considerations.

Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army envoy in Nanaimo, called the donation of the blankets phenomenal.

“Those who keep in contact with us every day who need help are able to receive it, even in a small way of keeping them warm,” she said.

Anderson said the pandemic has mad it a hard year; for example, there has been a 30 per cent increase in clients accessing the Salvation Army’s meal program. She hopes community members will continue to support the Christmas Kettle Campaign, whether it be donating at kettle locations or online at www.fillthekettle.com.

“Any support we can get to help us in any way, we’re grateful,” she said.

READ ALSO: Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign carrying on in Nanaimo under COVID-19 conditions



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