Safeway charity deadline is tonight

Any non-profit organization looking to partner with the local Canada Safeway store for its 2005/06 “We Care” campaign must turn in their application by 8 p.m. today.
Safeway employee Vilma Valenzuela, who once again is heading up the campaign locally, said yesterday afternoon that she must have them in by that time in order to give staff enough time to look over the choices, and vote as to who they would like to see chosen, before Saturday afternoon.
The selected charity will be announced shortly thereafter.
Valenzuela said she had received six applications so far, but expected a last-minute rush by the end of today.
About 20 applications were picked up from the customer service desk at the store, she added.
There were 10 applicants in all last year.
Since first adopting charities in 1998, local Safeway employees have helped raise money for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, Friends of the Library, Fort Frances Friends of Animals, the “Community Chest,” the Kiwanis skate park, and, most recently, Crime Stoppers.
The “Push for Playgrounds” partnership with Crime Stoppers this past year raised $12,956.
Since the Safeway “We Care” program’s inception in 1998, more than $12 million has been raised for charities across Canada.