The Parksville and Qualicum branches of the Royal Canadian Legion have a Coombs business to thank.
Owner of Coombs Junction Furniture, Parry Gallagher, and Scott Morgan, sales associate at Coombs Junction Furniture, recently presented two cheques for a combined total of $1,750 to the Royal Canadian Legion.
Each cheque totalled $875, and were donated to Branch 49 in Parksville and Branch 76 in Qualicum Beach.
“I’m just so surprised by the large sum,” said Ken Griffith, president of Branch 49.
Throughout the month of October, with every purchase over $999.99 (before tax) the business advertised they would donate $50 to the local legions.
As this was the first donation by the business, Morgan said that Coombs Junction Furniture plans to make it an annual fundraiser. He said they want to challenge other businesses in the area to help out the Royal Canadian Legion, and hopes that next year they can donate even more. Morgan had a grandfather he never met that fought, and ultimately gave his life, in the Second World War.
“Now is the time when I think everyone needs to come together to help out. I’d love to see more businesses help. And even individuals who can donate.”
Ben Villeneuve, first vice-president of Branch 76, said “I would like to thank the owner and employees of Coombs Junction for putting this together and giving us such a wonderful donation. It’s a very nice tradition to start.”