Members of the Abbotsford chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star recently held a warm-clothing drive for the Salvation Army. (Submitted photo)

Members of the Abbotsford chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star recently held a warm-clothing drive for the Salvation Army. (Submitted photo)

Order of the Eastern Star in Abbotsford donates warm clothing to Salvation Army

Local group collects coats, socks, hats and more at socially distanced event

The Order of the Eastern Star in Abbotsford has donated a number of coats, socks, toques and other warm items to the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope.

The order help a socially distanced collection event on Dec. 5 at the Masonic Hall on Pine Street.

The group collected four banquet tables full of items.

The Abbotsford Electa chapter, which includes members from Abbotsford and Mission, celebrated its 100th birthday last year.

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The group raises money for various charities, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Guide Dogs, Honour House, scholarships, the Erma Boyce Library, and the Eastern Star Training Awards for Religious Leadership.

At Christmas, donations are made to endeavours such as the Salvation Army Angel Tree, the Christmas Bureau and Food Bank, and the library at the Abbotsford Cancer Centre.

The group also makes cancer dressings, which are sent to Vancouver to be sterilized and then made available to any cancer patient in B.C. and the Yukon.

Electa also collects stamps, which are sorted and trimmed and then sent to the Foster Secretaries Association – a group within the grand chapter. The stamps are then sold to collectors.

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