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Simply Delicious for CMHA

The 1st Annual Families Helping Families Customer Appreciation Day sponsored by Simply Delicious Natural & Gourmet Market raised $1,000 in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Vernon & District.
“We are incredibly grateful for the generous support from the great team at Simply Delicious and their wonderful customers who helped make this happen,” said Julia Payson, Executive Director for CMHA Vernon & District.  “Community members encouraging and helping each other is at the core of what we do.”
Funds will be used to purchase food items for 24th Ave, a 12-bed residential facility owned and operated by CMHA Vernon that focuses on health recovery, community supports and integration, and wellness for adults managing persistent mental health issues. 
“Good nutrition is a vital part of a person’s physical and mental well-being,” said Payson.  “It is one of the key social determinants of health along with income and housing.  Our staff and residents appreciate both the healthy food and the welcoming atmosphere when they shop at Simply Delicious.  This generous gift will enhance their nourishment.”
Simply Delicious has been a Vernon mainstay for the past 35 years.  Vernon residents Troy and Dinora Roland purchased the store two years ago.  
“We wanted to stand behind a great cause and show the importance of people helping people,” said Troy.  “We hold customer appreciation days the first Tuesday of each month.  This year for December we wanted to do something extra for the community,” he said.  
The event took place December 4 with the first 300 customers receiving a gift card for accommodations at a Cancun resort.  Every customer who purchased items, was entered into the grand prize draw for an all-inclusive stay in the Riviera Maya.  
The Rolands and the Simply Delicious team plan to host this event annually to continue supporting CMHA Vernon and its programs to improve mental health in the North Okanagan.
About CMHA Vernon & District Branch
Founded in 1959, CMHA Vernon & District has been saving and changing lives while improving mental health in our community.  CMHA provides programs and services for individuals and families of all ages across the spectrum of mental health with approximately 600 people monthly receiving support, education and rehabilitation. 
To learn more about the Canadian Mental Health Association Vernon Branch or to make a donation to improve mental health in our community, visit the CMHA website at vernon.cmha.bc.ca or call 250-542-3114.


Missionwood holiday feast

Missionwood Retirement Resort recently held their annual Gift of Giving Luncheon for their residents, guests and members of the community with 100 per cent of the proceeds being donated to the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign.
“Executive Chef David Harris and his culinary team provided a traditional holiday meal with all the trimmings to over 350 people,” said Corinne Ginther, Missionwood Marketing Director & Lifestyle Consultant. “Knowing the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is dedicated to supporting local kids and families in need is a cause we cherish at Regency Resorts.”
Since 2014, Missionwood Retirement Resort has donated $22,200 to the Y’s Strong Kids Campaign, with this year’s holiday luncheon raising a record breaking $6,300! Over 20,000 children and youth participate annually in YMCA child care, camp, youth leadership and health programs. One in five of these children are able to participate because of the generosity of organizations like Regency Resorts.
For more information on YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, or to donate contact Rhonda [email protected]

Creative Roots gives!

Sharing the love. In the spirit of the season the Creative Roots Landscaping team donated $1000 to support the incredible work Shannon and her team at Mamas for Mamas is doing in our community. 

This has been another banner year for the Creative Roots Landscaping GiveBack program with over $8500 in cash and in-kind donated. In addition to supporting Mamas For Mamas, the Creative Roots team donated $1000 to Paws it Forward, $1000 to fund the "Creative Roots Landscaping Growing Opportunity Bursary" for a local graduating student, supported four charities through 100 Heroes Who Give A Damn, and gave $500 to Central Okanagan Hospice Association. On top of the cash donations, the Creative Roots Yard Angel program completed yard magic for three Kelowna residents needing yard help due to their inhibiting medical conditions.  

The Creative Roots GiveBack program is an extension of their open book management method that engages and educates their team, generating thousands of dollars for charity - over $133,000 to date in cash and in-kind donations - while giving the team a voice in their workplace and a positive relationship with their community. 

How does all this giving happen? Each employee donates one hour of their wages per week.  The hour given is from their "Huddle"; a weekly team meeting to discuss the finances of the company, ways to succeed as a team and the impact that success will have on the bottom line.  It's all part of their open book management system which follows that of The Great Game of Business based out of Springfield Missouri. 

The Creative Roots team lives better by giving back, and hopes more local businesses embrace the concept of turning their time into money for good of the community. 


Gift of Giving Campaign

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs (OBGC) are experiencing the full benefits of the “Giving Season” first hand this year and the generosity of our communities in the Okanagan is completely overwhelming.

Every year OBGC organizes an “Adopt a Family for the Holidays” Program and the numbers of donors who want to make a family’s life a little brighter and joy-filled is amazing. The phone and emails from those who want to give back is far exceeding the needs. The most amazing thing is the generosity doesn’t stop there.
Businesses, Individuals, School and Service Clubs are coming together in unique ways to give back to the children, youth and families of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs.

“We have had so many people reach out to us to ask how they can help. It has been truly wonderful working with each one of them to figure out the ways they can have the greatest impact. There are so many unique ideas our communities have come up with to give back to us,” says Richelle Leckey, Community Engagement Coordinator at OBGC.

Generosity and gifts are coming in all kinds of shapes and sizes this year and include:
·         Adopting a Club – Donating supplies and equipment to Boys and Girls Clubs Programs to supplement    and enhance the arts, physical activity, leadership and education programs we offer.
·         Donating 20 Turkeys – Adding to the hampers for families in need.
·         Winter Clothing Drives – Collecting coats, mitts, toques, socks, sweaters, scarves to keep our young people warm.
·         Toy Drives – Offices for-going gift exchanges and Secret Santa activities to contribute toys and gifts for families in need.
·         Food Drives – Healthy snacks, meals to ensure our children and youth are not going hungry.
·         Collecting Underwear, Socks and Toiletries for Youth experiencing homelessness.

·         Family and Friend Online Fundraising Campaigns – People creating donation pages and reaching out to friends and family to help raise money to support our work.

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs want to “Give” back too. From now until December 31st, 2018 any donations made online at www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca will receive an opportunity to win a WestJet Gift of Flight for 2 anywhere WestJet flies.  This is a great win-win for our young people and our donors.
Thank you to everyone who has supported and becomes a supporter of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. We cannot do what we do without your support.
Together we are giving our children, youth and families a safe place to come, where everyone belongs.
About Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is a leading provider of programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational, and social development of more than 1300+ young people and their families every day. We have been helping young people discover, develop, and achieve their potential since 1959. Clubs offer programs in physical recreation, technology, the arts, personal growth, leadership, career and education and more. Our clubs provide healthy snacks and meals, emergency shelter, family support programs, and other support networks for the community. Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs is a safe place where everyone belongs. To learn more, visit www.boysandgirlsclubs.ca

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