By Mike Davey
Vancouver, British Columbia — December 16, 2013 — Boyd Autobody & Glass stores in B.C.â€™s Lower Mainland have given Basics for Babies a big boost. Basics for Babies is an initiative by local radio station JRFM that collects items babies need, such as diapers and formula, and donates it to local food banks.
â€œItâ€™s a great cause, and weâ€™ve been supporting it for the last three years,â€ says Robin Soni, manager of Boyd Autobody in Vancouver. â€œAbout a dozen of our stores participated, and with the help of our insurer, supplier and other partners, our staff managed to raise over $20,000 worth of donations.â€
|Efforts add up quickly when everyone pitches in. Donations came from staff, supplier and insurer partners and customers.|
The official fundraising day for Basics for Babies took place Sunday, December 15 at the Langley Events Centre. The day included a number of kid friendly events, such as an inflatable obstacle course, a Kids Craft Corner and photos with Santa. Attractions for adults included a free concert, live-to-air broadcasts on JRFM and a silent auction.
Funds raised by Boyd Autobody were driven directly donations from staff, partners and the occasional customer.
â€œOne customer came in last week, and asked why we had so many cases of diapers and cans of formula around,â€ says Soni. â€œI explained what we were doing, and he took 20 bucks out of his wallet and said â€˜Get them something for me.â€™â€