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Love Local BC Fundraiser Celebrates Kamloops Businesses and Supports the Kamloops Food Bank

A new online fundraiser called Love Local BC is celebrating local businesses while providing support for the Kamloops Food Banks and food banks across B.C.

A new online fundraiser called Love Local BC is celebrating local businesses while providing support for the Kamloops Food Banks and food banks across B.C. The BCLC initiative brings together local businesses from across the Province with the goal of relieving and preventing hunger in B.C. communities and comes at a critical time as many communities recover from the recent flooding.

For the duration of the initiative, all purchases and silent auction bids made on the Love Local BC page will have double the impact. BCLC is sponsoring a number of specially curated items and gift cards from local businesses and making them available for purchase on the Love Local BC fundraising page. When an item is purchased or successfully bid on, the contribution will go directly to one of 11 partner food banks throughout BC, including the Kamloops Food Bank. This means that both local businesses and charitable organizations will receive valuable support during these challenging times.

“As a Social Purpose organization, generating win-wins for the greater good is at the core of what we do at BCLC,” said Peter ter Weeme, BCLC’s Chief Social Purpose Officer and Vice President of Player Experience. “In line with that, BCLC launched Love Local BC to help provide much-needed support for food banks and local businesses in B.C. stretched thin by the impacts of the pandemic and recent floods”

In addition, everyone who bids on a silent auction item, successful or not, or purchases a gift card through the online fundraiser, will be entered into a grand prize draw worth up to $5,500. This exciting prize includes a one-night stay at Parq Vancouver in one of the hotel’s most luxurious suites, generously donated by Parq Vancouver.

“BCLC has been a long-time friend of the Kamloops Food Bank and we are very grateful for its support,” says Bernadette Siracky, Executive Director for the Kamloops Food Bank. “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made this holiday season especially difficult for many families in our community. Support such as through BCLC’s Love Local BC initiative will help us provide healthy, meals to hundreds of individuals in our community this holiday season.”

The Kamloops Food Bank has been serving the community for more than 40 years. In 2020 alone, it delivered more than 2 million meals to 5,250 individuals and helped support 47 community agencies and nine associate food banks.

Kamloops-based businesses participating in Love Local BC include: Ra Hair Studio, Sun Peaks, the Vic Downtown and Earls.

“It’s been a challenging year for many small businesses so it feels amazing to end the year off by being a part of such a positive initiative,” said Layton Demidoff of Earls Kamloops, one of the businesses featured. Love Local BC is unique because it not only allows businesses like ours to reach new customers, but it also enables us to come together as a community to support an amazing charity.”

For more information about Love Local BC, to purchase a gift card or to bid on a silent auction item, please visit: https://trellis.org/love-local-bc.