Charity and Donations

Paige Karczynski is the new executive director of Nanaimo Community Hospice Society. (Photo submitted)

New executive director leading Nanaimo hospice at a time when grief counselling is greatly needed

Paige Karczynski takes over as Nanaimo Community Hospice Society begins its 40th year

 

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Nanaimo NightOwls hoping to fill an RV with food donations

West Coast League baseball team organizing Jan. 1 charity drive for Loaves and Fishes

 

A window display at Lucid earlier this year, with paintings by Andrea Thomas. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Foundation offers thanks for nearly $700,000 in COVID-19 relief

Local fundraising and federal money supported Nanaimo Community Response Fund in 2020

 

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive organizers wish to thank the community for support of this year’s charity drive. (Photo submitted)

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive thanks community for ‘over the top’ support of Christmas charity

This year’s drive received the highest amount of cash donations in its 38-year history

Great Nanaimo Toy Drive organizers wish to thank the community for support of this year’s charity drive. (Photo submitted)
Publisher Sean McCue and others at the Nanaimo News Bulletin are hoping for a few more donations to Coins for Kids charity drive, which supports the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Coins still being sought for Christmas

News Bulletin charity collects for Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and Boys and Girls Clubs

Publisher Sean McCue and others at the Nanaimo News Bulletin are hoping for a few more donations to Coins for Kids charity drive, which supports the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Vancouver Island. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Island Crisis Care Society is looking for some volunteer help. (News Bulletin file photo)

Crisis care society asks for volunteer assistance

Society looking for client support driver, kitchen meal prep volunteer

Island Crisis Care Society is looking for some volunteer help. (News Bulletin file photo)
VIU culinary arts students pack baked goods into reusable containers for donation to Nanaimo Salvation Army meal centre. (Vancouver Island University photo)

VIU culinary arts students providing 200 meals each week to Salvation Army

Campus cafeterias have been closed but cooking has continued

VIU culinary arts students pack baked goods into reusable containers for donation to Nanaimo Salvation Army meal centre. (Vancouver Island University photo)
Hearts in the window at a business on Selby Street in Nanaimo earlier this year. (News Bulletin file photo)

United Way directs $400,000 to organizations helping people through the pandemic

$381,000 from federal government supplemented by $29,000 from United Way donors

Hearts in the window at a business on Selby Street in Nanaimo earlier this year. (News Bulletin file photo)
Representatives from Belron International, parent company of Speedy Glass, Broco Glass and Apple Auto Glass presented a cheque for $9,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society on Nov. 20. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo auto glass companies donate to battle breast cancer

Apple Auto Glass, Broco Glass and Speedy Glass help raise $9,000 for Canadian Cancer Society

Representatives from Belron International, parent company of Speedy Glass, Broco Glass and Apple Auto Glass presented a cheque for $9,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society on Nov. 20. (Photo submitted)
Hélène Sullivan watches her husband Pat throw a switch to light up a banner to officially jump start a Brighten Our Spirits light-up challenge, a fundraiser sparked by an offer of up to $10,000 in matching donation from the Sullivans to support therapy programs for residents at Eden Gardens. The campaign runs until Dec. 31. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Hélène Sullivan watches her husband Pat throw a switch to light up a banner to officially jump start a Brighten Our Spirits light-up challenge, a fundraiser sparked by an offer of up to $10,000 in matching donation from the Sullivans to support therapy programs for residents at Eden Gardens. The campaign runs until Dec. 31. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Elysha Gordon, left, Carrie Cross Wells and Erin Kaetler, took part in a fundraiser Dec. 5, benefiting Bruce and Cindra Caverley, a Nanaimo couple both suffering from Stage 4 cancer. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)

Community helps light up the season for Nanaimo mom and dad who both have cancer

Convoys parading past festively decorated house in central Nanaimo

Elysha Gordon, left, Carrie Cross Wells and Erin Kaetler, took part in a fundraiser Dec. 5, benefiting Bruce and Cindra Caverley, a Nanaimo couple both suffering from Stage 4 cancer. (Karl Yu/News Bulletin)
The United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign seeks to help people with basic needs during the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)

$20,000 donation will help youths and others on the Island impacted by COVID-19

RBC Foundation gives to United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island

The United Way’s Local Love in a Global Crisis campaign seeks to help people with basic needs during the pandemic. (News Bulletin file photo)
Krista Simpson, Great Nanaimo Toy Drive chairperson, left, is happy to accept, on behalf of the toy drive, a $7,500 donation from Western Forest Products, represented by Kindry Mercer, manager of regional initiatives for Western Forest Products. (Photo submitted)

Forestry company donates thousands to the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive

Charity happy to accept $7,500 from Western Forest Products

Krista Simpson, Great Nanaimo Toy Drive chairperson, left, is happy to accept, on behalf of the toy drive, a $7,500 donation from Western Forest Products, represented by Kindry Mercer, manager of regional initiatives for Western Forest Products. (Photo submitted)
Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army Nanaimo envoy, left, Ann Marie Clark, Steve Marshall Ford dealer principal; Dave Brockie, general sales leader; Abby Sauchuk, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank director of development; Krista Ferris, Steve Marshall Ford community and guest relations and Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes executive director will be social distancing, but eager nonetheless to receive donations brought to them during this year’s Give and Go donation drive. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo car dealer’s Give and Go drive-thru charity drive happening this week

Physical distancing no problem at event at Steve Marshall Ford Lincoln on Friday, Dec. 11

Dawne Anderson, Salvation Army Nanaimo envoy, left, Ann Marie Clark, Steve Marshall Ford dealer principal; Dave Brockie, general sales leader; Abby Sauchuk, Loaves and Fishes Community Food Bank director of development; Krista Ferris, Steve Marshall Ford community and guest relations and Peter Sinclair, Loaves and Fishes executive director will be social distancing, but eager nonetheless to receive donations brought to them during this year’s Give and Go donation drive. (Chris Bush/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

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)
Steve Metcalfe, Quality Foods Harewood store manager, holds a poinsettia and a Coins for Kids donation jar, two symbols of Christmas spirit. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin

Coins for Kids collects for Christmas causes in Nanaimo

News Bulletin fundraising for Great Nanaimo Toy Drive, Boys and Girls Clubs

Steve Metcalfe, Quality Foods Harewood store manager, holds a poinsettia and a Coins for Kids donation jar, two symbols of Christmas spirit. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin
Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Nanaimo firefighters raise moustache cash

Firefighters support Movember Canada through T-shirt sale fundraiser

Lieut. Orphée Bernard takes a twirl on his Movember moustache as Lieut. Jeff Allan, back left, firefighters Andrew Mills and Layne Polnick and Capt. Troy Libbus display an oversized cheque showing the amount of cash raised from the profits of custom-embroidered T-shirt sales. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, holds information brochures for the Light the Trees campaign, part of an effort to raise $5 million for the new intensive care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Million-dollar donation has Light the Trees campaign off to a bright start in Nanaimo

Windsor Plywood Foundation supports Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation

Janice Perrino, Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation CEO, holds information brochures for the Light the Trees campaign, part of an effort to raise $5 million for the new intensive care unit at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)

Island Corridor Foundation all aboard with Holiday Train supporting toy drive

Charity event supporting Great Nanaimo Toy Drive takes place at two locations Dec. 10

Island Corridor Foundation says this year’s Holiday Train will be even more brightly lighted when it makes stops to collect donations for the Great Nanaimo Toy Drive. (Photo submitted)
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Salvation Army asks for volunteers to help serve up Christmas dinners

Charity looking for help with preparing, packaging, serving and delivering meals

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