Community Helps Women in Shelter

March 11, 2014 – The Bottle Depot and 107.3 KOOL FM have each held super fundraisers for Sandy Merriman House, Cool Aid’s emergency shelter for women, in the last month, raising thousands of dollars for vulnerable women.

Thanks to huBottle Depot's Charity Donation Binndreds of thoughtful recyclers in the community, $1,916.85 was raised through the “charity donation bins” in front of Bottle Depot’s three locations. During the month of February, Cool Aid supporters dropped off their beverage containers in the charity bins rather than waiting in line for their refund.

“It is so nice to see local businesses doing something to help end homelessness in our community” said Fiona Hyslop, a long-time supporter of Sandy Merriman House.

Every month, Bottle Depot supports a local charity through these blue and yellow bins, which have raised over $82,000 since they started the project in 2010. “These donations mean we can say ‘yes’ to women who come to us in need of winter coats, bus tickets, toiletries, and other necessities throughout the year” said Christine O’Brien, Shelter Coordinator at Sandy Merriman House.

Charities supported over the years by Bottle Depot and their customers include CFAX Santas Anonymous, Cops for Cancer, Cycle for Hope, and many more. “It’s a great project and we feel lucky to be a part of it” said Kelly Gorman, Operations Manager for Bottle Depot. “If it weren’t for the community being behind it, we wouldn’t have $82,000 to give”.

Bins are accessible 24 hours a day outside all three Greater Victoria locations: 655 Queens Avenue, 4261 Glanford Avenue and 3961 Quadra Street. Check out the charity of the month next time you are dropping off your bottles.

KOOL FM sponsored a s107.3 KOOL FM logoold-out comedy show at local club Hecklers Bar & Grill last month and raised $1,833 thanks to a very happy crowd of supporters. The KOOL Comedy Night featured James Ball & His Funniest Friends with all proceeds supporting Sandy Merriman House for women.

Who says raising money for a good cause has to be hard and can’t be fun?!

Thanks so much to these wonderful businesses and all the people pitching in to make life a little better for women in our emergency shelter.

We wonder what will happen next…