From left, 100+ Women Who Care Oceanside members Fran Inder, Melissa Tracey, Debbe Patterson, Joan Ethier, Marsha Gantner, Pamela May-Straka and Sharon Welch present a cheque for $25,800 to SOS executive director Susanna Newton to help continue essential services and restart priority programs at SOS. (Photo submitted)

100+ Women Who Care Oceanside make big $25.8K donation

Society of Organized Services receives group’s quarterly donation to a local charity

A significant donation from a group of Parksville Qualicum Beach women will help SOS continue providing essential services and restart priority programs this fall.

100+ Women Who Care Oceanside recently selected SOS as the recipient of its quarterly donation to a local charity. The group conducted its meeting by Zoom, listening to presentations by three members about their nomination choices. After conducting a vote, SOS was selected and received $25,800.

READ MORE: SOS Thrift Shop re-opens in Parksville

“This couldn’t come at a better time,” said Susanna Newton, SOS executive director. “Like many charities, we’ve been doing the best we can with limited funds. With the loss of revenue from the three month closure of our Thrift Shop, we have had to make some difficult decisions.”

Newton said she expects an increase in demand for SOS services when COVID-19 benefits come to an end and local residents, who have lost their jobs, are left with very little to support themselves.

The funds received will help the organization continue to offer essential services to residents in need, Newton explained, and will also help restart priority programs for children, youth and families this fall.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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