North Vancouver, British Columbia — Craftsman Collision is stepping up in a big way in the fight against wildfires in British Columbia as the collision chain launches a campaign to match donations made to the Red Cross, and other community organizations in the Okanagan.
“In these unprecedented times, we are giving back in the best way we can, supporting organizations like the Canadian Red Cross and The Salvation Army Food Bank who are on the ground helping those in need,” said Craftsman Collision president Rick Hatswell.
“We are proud to be in a position to do our part to support the BC wildfire efforts.”
Craftsman says that they are prepared to match donations, up to $20,000, made to the 2021 British Columbia Fires appeal before Sept. 3. The B.C. government has also committed to matching donations until Dec. 31. Donations can be made through https://craftsman.bz/BCWildfire or Craftsman Collision’s Facebook page (@CraftsmanCollision).
In addition, five Craftsman shops in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon have also signed on to assist their local Salvation Army food banks by accepting non-perishable food donations, for which they will donate $1 per food item to the organization.
The participating locations in the food drive are Vernon, 2727 35th Ave.; Kamloops, 453 Victoria St. W; Kelowna, 1790 Springfield Rd.; West Kelowna, 1070 Stevens Rd. and Rutland, 275 Hwy. 33 E.
Craftsman provided in their press release a list of items most in need:
- Boxed grains (rice, cereals, pastas)
- Peanut Butter
- School time snacks
- Soups, and pasta sauces
- Canned salmon, tuna
- Hygiene Products (Shampoo, soap, deodorant, razors, feminine products)
- Diapers and baby formula
“Supporting the communities where we live, work and do business has been at the heart of what we do for more than four decades,” said marketing manager Stacey Cook.
“Over the past few weeks we have seen an overwhelming number of BC Businesses, organizations and individuals stepping up to the plate to help those displaced by the wildfires. This BC spirit of looking out for one another, will help get us through this crisis.”