“Every day we see people in need at the Bottle Depot,” said Kelly Gorman, Operations Manager at Bottle Depot. “In addition to accepting empties from these hard-working men and women, we wanted to do something more to help.” Throughout the month of May, Bottle Depot will donate all refunds from bottles placed by the public in the large yellow charity donation bins to the Victoria Cool Aid Society’s REES Program.
Every month Bottle Depot supports a local charity through these charity bins, which have raised over $120,000 since they started the project in 2010. “These donations mean we can continue to help women and men who are living with a mental health or addiction challenge,” said Lori Ferguson, Coordinator of REES (Resources, Education, Employment & Support). “We provide employment opportunities and help with housing, income supports, volunteer opportunities and more, for about 100 people every day.”
Other charities supported by Bottle Depot include CFAX Santas Anonymous and the Mustard Seed. “Our staff and management team are 100% behind the charity bottle drive,” says Gorman “If it weren’t for our customers and staff backing it, we wouldn’t have $120,000 to give.”
Bins are available 24 hours a day outside at two Greater Victoria locations:
- 4261 Glanford Avenue
- 3961 Quadra Street
- and at 655 Queens Avenue
Bottle returns can also help Cool Aid throughout the year, simply by delivering them to Bottle Depot and letting the teller know you wish your refund to be donated to Cool Aid.