Powell River resident uses hearts to raise funds for food bank

Organizer of charitable event uses previous materials for fundraiser

Powell River resident Cory Ashworth has come up with a creative way to raise funds for Powell River Action Centre Food Bank while the city, province and country deals with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

During the month of April, on sunny days, Ashworth will display a Powtown bumper sticker stand at the end of his driveway. Residents can drop by, make a donation if they are able, and place one of the stickers on their vehicle before driving away.

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The stickers feature a red heart with Powtown lettering on the inside.

“Stickers are by donation to the food bank.” said Ashworth. “If folks can’t afford or don’t have cash, they are encouraged to take one anyway.”

Ashworth organized a project called With Love From Powtown last year, which is where the hearts came from.

“I had the hearts and the stand is from the mushroom festival,” said Ashworth. “I had all this stuff together and wanted to make use of it.”

Ashworth’s family owns a printing press and originally donated the stickers. Local artist Meghan Hildebrand created the heart design.

“I had extra ones and I’ve been seeing all the hearts around town; it ties in with everything,” said Ashworth. “I thought, ‘why not put them to use?’ I’ve held onto them wanting to do something good with them.”

Ashworth said the stand is set up so anyone who stops by can pull a sticker off its clip with minimal touching and place it on their vehicle.

“If people want a tax receipt, they can submit their donation with their name and address, too,” he added. “I have a charity through the previous project.”

Cheques can be made out to Ayam Civic Society. Ashworth said 100 per cent of the proceeds will be donated to the food bank and a report back to the community will be created once the drive is done.

The stand will be at the end of his driveway at 5374 Laburnum Avenue in Townsite, on sunny days until April 30.

 

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