Entertainers hosting event to help people in need in downtown Nanaimo

Spread the Love campaign, created by Indie Entertainment, asks people to fill bags with essential items for people in need.

Sydney Needham

Sydney Needham

Nanaimo entertainers are spreading holiday cheer and providing essential items for people in need through the Spread the Love campaign.

The campaign was started by Indie Entertainment.

“We started the campaign ourselves because we work so much in the community and downtown Nanaimo gives us so much space to play,” said Sydney Needham, assistant manager of Indie Entertainment. “It was time to do something that was instantly beneficial to the city’s downtown.”

The campaign asks individuals, organizations and businesses to create blessing bags filled with various essentials such as hygiene products, mitts, hats, toothpaste and a toothbrush and other items.

“We’re trying to provide really useful things for people,” said Needham.

She said Indie Entertainment has created 10 bags so far and has issued a challenge for other businesses to match it.

As part of the campaign, Indie Entertainment is hosting a Christmas Variety Show on Thursday (Dec. 15) at 6 p.m. at the Queen’s.

Tickets are $10, with $2 from each ticket sale going to the campaign. Tickets are available in advance from Catwalk Fashions, Indie Entertainment and the Queen’s.

The show features performances by the Femme Fatales, John Gorosh,Moonshine Mollys, Nanaimo Idol winner Breanna Nixon and Westcoast Vocal Academy students.

People can drop off blessing bags at the show, or if they are unable to attend, can drop them off at Catwalk Fashions.

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