Community is the lifeblood for small businesses hoping to survive in Nanaimo.
So when the community is in need, those small business return the favour.
With Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank in dire straits, a group of children-oriented businesses have come to the rescue.
The efforts to help the food bank started with Huckleberry Baby Shop, 12-4376 Boban Dr., raffling off an Ergo baby carrier, and raising more than $560 for the cause.
Kit n’ Caboodle Quality Children’s Consignment and Mama’s Retreat, 36-1925 Bowen Rd., is holding a raffle at $5 a ticket until Monday (Sept. 10) for a Melissa and Doug medieval or princess wooden castle valued at more than $120. Draw date is Tuesday (Sept. 11). Please call 250-585-5437.
And as one raffle ends, another begins Monday at Kool & Child, 102-2517 Bowen Rd., until Sept. 17.
For the same $5, people can get in on a raffle for a Playmobil Treasure Island or princess dream castle worth close to $130.
Pumpkin Pie Kids Wear, 411A Fitzwilliam St., is helping Loaves and Fishes as well, through donations to the Nanaimo Harvest Festival Sept. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Old City Quarter.
For more information on how to help the food bank, please go to http://nanaimoloavesandfishes.org.