Shopping spree helps St. Vincent de Paul

 

With shopping carts full with items for the Salvation Army, it's time to head to the check out.
With shopping carts full with items for the Salvation Army, it’s time to head to the check out.

BY BILL PHILLIPS

bill@pgdailynews.ca

If you were shopping at the College Heights Save-On Thursday afternoon, it might have seemed to be a bit crowded.

You might have noticed a handful of people filling shopping carts with very some very specific items. That’s because they were.

For the third year in a row a group of local businesses and individuals each donated $500 towards a shopping spree for St. Vincent de Paul and the UNBC NUGSS food bank, scooping up $3,000 in much-needed items for the food bank heading into the Christmas season.

Those businesses are: The Northern Sport Centre, Brink Group of Companies, Family Dental Care, Surjit Minhas, Save-On Foods, and the PG Recycling & Return-it Centre. About 20 representatives from the businesses and organizations took to the aisles at Save-On to gather the needed items.

“We believe in supporting the community, this is our part of our community commitment,” said Vivienne Rogers, human resources director for Family Dental Care. “We’re really happy to support this.”

It’s also a cause that Save-On Foods manager Neil Guardiero can get behind.

“It’s a great cooperation between all the different companies and we donated more than $500 as well,” he said. “It’s a perfect time of year for it.”

John Brink of the Brink Group of Companies said it’s another example of groups and organizations getting together to help the community.

“We’re delighted to do it,” he said. “It’s a perfect time of year and we’re glad to work with those organizations who help.”