Safeway looking for new charity

FORT FRANCES—After handing over a cheque for $33,838 to the “Community Chest” late Monday morning and wrapping up its campaign with that charity, local Canada Safeway employees once again are looking to help out another good cause.
Any non-profit organization looking to partner with the local store for its 2006/07 “We Care” campaign is highly encouraged to pick up an application form at the customer service desk there, said store manager Dave McBride.
They must turn in their application by Friday, Oct. 20. Shortly after that, Safeway staff will take time to look over the choices and vote as to who they would like to see chosen.
For the 2005/06 campaign, Canada Safeway staff chose last October to adopt the “Community Chest” for the third time in five years.
In addition to the $33,838 presented to the “Community Chest” during a ceremony yesterday, Safeway also gave the group another $15,000 earlier this year—for a grand total of more than $48,000.
The “Community Chest” is a group of volunteers who work together to raise money to help district families with medical needs. Its members hail from the local Kiwanis and Lions clubs, the Legion Ladies Auxiliary, “Spirit of Christmas,” and Knights of Columbus.
Since 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 Kiwanis skate park, Crime Stoppers, and the “Community Chest.”
Since the Safeway “We Care” program’s inception eight years ago, more than $14.3 million has been raised for charities across Canada.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)