Saturday, February 16, 2013

BIA News

Warm Bodies

Chilliwack comes through for Turn Down the Heat Week

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cross BC, the less fortunate are a little warmer as a result of a win-win campaign launched by FortisBC and Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC).


Twenty business improvement areas including Chilliwack participated in the inaugural "Turn Down The Heat Week", February 2-9.

Chilliwack BIA Executive Director, Kathy Funk, said, "Turn Down The Heat was an exemplary way of bringing Chilliwack residents and the downtown business owners together for a common cause."

Participants in the campaign wore sweaters and were encouraged to reduce their energy use in their homes and places of work by turning down the thermostat. During the promotion, 13 businesses in downtown Chilliwack collected 332 items of warm clothing for those in need within the community.

"When I spoke with Ted Stoker, Street Operations Director for Ruth & Naomiís, his response was a resounding, 'Yes, we can use all of these items especially this time of the year,'" Funk added.

"Participating in the inaugural Turn Down The Heat Week campaign provided a unique opportunity to promote social responsibility to the staff and members at Prospera Credit Union," said Chilliwack BIA Director Louise Logan, Branch Manager of one of the contributing businesses. "In fact, two of our members knitted sweaters and scarves to donate to the cause," Logan added.

All of the hats, sweaters and gloves collected were donated to those in need at Ruth & Naomiís Mission.

"The vision of Ruth & Naomiís Mission is to serve and share the gospel to establish a connection between the church, the business community and street culture. Our organization and guests are grateful to the business owners and customers within the Downtown BIA for their continued support," Stoker said.

Those interested can see the results of the provincial Turn Down The Heat Week by visiting the BIABC Columbia website 

Presentation of collected items will take place at Ruth & Naomiís Mission on Tuesday, February 19 at 10:00am.


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