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Staff at Lowe’s Canada stores contributed more than $2.1 million to charities across the nation through their Heroes Campaign. In Abbotsford and Mission, three charities received a total of more than $25,000. (Submitted photo)

Lowe’s Canada donates more than $25K to 3 local charities

Funds will support non-profits in Abbotsford and Mission

Staff at Lowe’s Canada stores contributed more than $2.1 million to charities across the nation through their Heroes Campaign. In Abbotsford and Mission, three charities received a total of more than $25,000. (Submitted photo)
The Mennonite Heritage Museum on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.

Mennonite Historical Society in Abbotsford seeks input for storytelling project

Digital project asks for stories about living during COVID-19’s ‘changing times’

The Mennonite Heritage Museum on Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford.
The HOME Society, currently located at 31581 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford, is moving locations after 25 years.

HOME Society in Abbotsford to move locations after 25 years

Move being done to accommodate growth, says executive director

The HOME Society, currently located at 31581 South Fraser Way in Abbotsford, is moving locations after 25 years.
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Abbotsford's special Christmas Village
Christmas Lights: 1405 Kaslo Court, Abbotsford
Tips for Wrapping Christmas Presents
Grand Forks Choral Society sings 'Come o Ye Faithful'
Members of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui recently built a shelter at the Ravine Park Hatchery. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary Club completes hatchery projects

Club supports Ravine Park Salmon Enhancement Society

Members of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford-Matsqui recently built a shelter at the Ravine Park Hatchery. (Submitted photo)
The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation held its inaugural Grand Gala in November 2019 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. This year’s event will be held online. (Submitted photo)

Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation holds virtual Grand Gala

Second annual event takes place online on Nov. 20, raising funds for local hospitals

The Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation held its inaugural Grand Gala in November 2019 at Harrison Hot Springs Resort. This year’s event will be held online. (Submitted photo)
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Carolyn and Steve Touhey came across a pod of humpback whales while on their boat Sunday, Oct. 25. Photo supplied
Archway Community Services in Abbotsford. (Photo courtesy of Archway)

New program in Abbotsford offers support for young parents

Archway Community Services provides outreach, including classes and referrals

Archway Community Services in Abbotsford. (Photo courtesy of Archway)
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Trick-or-treat drive-thru takes place at Tradex in Abbotsford

Treats and giveaways handed out at event on Saturday, Oct. 31

Photo by Nick Fewings on Unsplash
The group Fabric Bag Solution recenty donated 45 handmade reusable shopping bags to the Archway Food Bank in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)

Volunteer group donates homemade shopping bags to Archway Food Bank

Fabric Bag Solution makes reusable bags for B.C. food bank patrons

The group Fabric Bag Solution recenty donated 45 handmade reusable shopping bags to the Archway Food Bank in Abbotsford. (Submitted photo)
Youth Unlimited in Abbotsford recently celebrated the grand opening of their renovated office space on Emerson Street. (Submitted photo)
Youth Unlimited in Abbotsford recently celebrated the grand opening of their renovated office space on Emerson Street. (Submitted photo)
John Redekop, with wife Doris, was the 2019 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from UFV. (Photo courtesy of UFV)

Nominations open until Oct. 30 for UFV’s Betty Urquhart Awards

Award recognizes ‘significant impact’ of volunteer work by an individual or group

John Redekop, with wife Doris, was the 2019 recipient of the Betty Urquhart Community Service Award from UFV. (Photo courtesy of UFV)
Four local Rotary Clubs held a Blueberry Blitz fundraiser on Oct. 3. The clubs are again holding the event on Oct. 31, with pickup at Berryhill Foods. (Submitted photo)

Four local Rotary Clubs hold Blueberry Blitz fundraiser

Event on Oct. 31 in Abbotsford supports local charities and programs

Four local Rotary Clubs held a Blueberry Blitz fundraiser on Oct. 3. The clubs are again holding the event on Oct. 31, with pickup at Berryhill Foods. (Submitted photo)
Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)

Ryan Reynolds text almost gives away Shuswap boy’s birthday surprise

Deadpool actor helps remind eight-year-old Canoe resident he’s not alone

Actor Ryan Reynolds surprised a Shuswap family with a special birthday message to their son who was worried he'd be alone on his 9th birthday on Nov. 24. (Tiffanie Trudell/Facebook)
Mia Gill, with cousin Gavin Nahal, presents a cheque of just over $1,400 for the pediatrics unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Submitted photo)

Teen presents birthday cash to Abbotsford Regional Hospital for 8th year

Mia Gill has been donating to pediatrics unit every year since 2013

Mia Gill, with cousin Gavin Nahal, presents a cheque of just over $1,400 for the pediatrics unit at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. (Submitted photo)
Brad Friesen from Abundance Canada is one of the presenters during a webinar on gift and estate planning with Communitas Supportive Care Society on Oct. 29. (Abundance Canada photo)

Communitas in Abbotsford holds Planned Giving webinar

Free online session on Oct. 29 looks at estate planning and gifting options

Brad Friesen from Abundance Canada is one of the presenters during a webinar on gift and estate planning with Communitas Supportive Care Society on Oct. 29. (Abundance Canada photo)
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$93,000 in COVID-19 emergency support available to Abbotsford charities

Applications now open for grants through community foundation

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The Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in Abbotsford hosts monthly online art classes. A previous one focused on “mandala rock painting.” (Submitted photo)

Epilepsy education centre in Abbotsford holds online art classes

Goal is to improve communication and reduce isolation during pandemic

The Center for Epilepsy and Seizure Education in Abbotsford hosts monthly online art classes. A previous one focused on “mandala rock painting.” (Submitted photo)
All 17 Tim Hortons locations in Abbotsford participated in the recent annual Smile Cookie Week, raising almost $30,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. (Submitted photo)

Smile Cookie Week raises $30K for Canuck Place in Abbotsford

All 17 local Tim Hortons sites participated in annual fundraiser

All 17 Tim Hortons locations in Abbotsford participated in the recent annual Smile Cookie Week, raising almost $30,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. (Submitted photo)
Touch a Truck event in Abbotsford boosts local food bank

Touch a Truck event in Abbotsford boosts local food bank

Event was held as a virtual five-part series in September

Touch a Truck event in Abbotsford boosts local food bank
Dave Jeffery of Abbotsford, who lives with the neurological disorder ALS, has published a book about praying for miracles and finding grace. (Submitted photos)

Abbotsford author with ALS writes book about finding grace

Dave Jeffery takes readers inside his journey about praying for a miracle

Dave Jeffery of Abbotsford, who lives with the neurological disorder ALS, has published a book about praying for miracles and finding grace. (Submitted photos)