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Neighbourhood grant provides smiles all around

By Don Fennell

Published 11:26 PST, Wed January 6, 2021

Last Updated: 12:03 PST, Wed January 6, 2021

Celeste Ng made the most of a community grant she received from Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG) in 2020 to put smiles on faces throughout the city.

After being provided with the $200 responsive neighbourhood small grant, she enlisted volunteers to create handmade greeting cards for local seniors. One of the largest—500 cards in all—came from students at James Cook elementary.

RCRG then stepped up again to help get the cards in the hands of the seniors. Through its popular seniors community support services’ grocery shopping program, while volunteers were filling orders at PriceSmart, they included a card for each senior.

RCRG president and CEO Ed Gavsie was elated with the results.

“A huge thank you to Celeste and the students at Cook elementary for letting seniors know that, even while we're staying apart, the community is still thinking of them and wishing them well,” he said.

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