The Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association (FVICBA) recently presented the Salvation Army with a $21,000 cheque from funds raised during the 31st annual Winter Wonderland Gala at the Abbotsford Banquet Hall.
The FVICBA donation will assist the Salvation Army in Abbotsford with providing healthy meals to people every day (125,000 last year); practical support for families through emergency food, clothing, and household items; and additional support through holistic care and programming.
The funds will also assist with drop-in services, including meals, showers, laundry, and job and housing searches (12,000 people assisted last year); the Pantry34 program that supports 21 Abbotsford schools with healthy snacks for children; the weekly Adult Day Program; and the Supportive Independent Living program for 14 men.
“We are so thankful for the incredible support of the FVICBA along with their partners, and so appreciative of the ongoing partnership that continues to develop,” said Captain/Pastor Mark Dunstan of the Salvation Army.
The association said none of their efforts are complete without the generous help of their community partners. From large-scale businesses to individuals who both donated and attended the event, they said they are grateful to each and every person who helped support this cause.