Group tries to spread smiles

NANAIMO – Everybody Deserves a Smile is carrying on its tradition of creating Kindness Care Packages, but needs some help filling the bags.

Guy Le Masurier

Everybody Deserves a Smile is carrying on its winter tradition of creating Kindness Care Packages, but needs some help filling the bags.

The group has one more week to meet its goal of 435 care packages for homeless people in Nanaimo, plus 50 to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The project is a co-operative effort between the non-profit group and students at Nanaimo District and John Barsby secondary schools. The painted bags come with a card and homemade sugar cookies, but organizers are short on tuques, mitts, scarves, woolen socks, toothbrushes and toothpaste, which they want to include in the bags.

Anyone who can help provide those items, or cash to purchase them, is asked to drop off donations at Mon Petit Choux bakery café or the Dinghy Dock Pub, call Jodi at 250-713-0104 or e-mail

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