Gift fair boosts local charities

The Alternative Gift Fair raised more than $6,000 for 13 local and international charities.

Junior Chamber International’s Alternative Gift Fair was a success.

The event raised more than $6,000 for 13 local and international charities.

“Individual donations ranged anywhere from $5 to $1,200. It goes to show that even a little bit goes a long way,” said Sue Solymosi, event co-chairperson.

Those who made donations received gift certificates which they can now give as holiday gifts.

The participating organizations included the Community Dental Access Centre, the Family Resource Centre, the Good Food Box, JCI Vernon Helping Hands Project, the Kindale Developmental Association, the Road Home Rescue and Safekeeping Society, Sleeping Children Around the World, Special Olympics, Teens Count Too, the Vernon Women’s Transition Society, the Upper Room Mission, Wellspring Foundation for Education and the Zimbabwe Project.

“It was a great event for all the organizations to come together and showcase all the work they do in our community. We can’t wait for JCI Vernon to grow this event next year.” said Hailey Rilkoff, event  co-chairperson.