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What’s in Store Langley: Craftsman team makes ‘huge’ dent in hunger

Editor Roxanne Hooper brings weekly tidbits about changes in local businesses, and companies efforts afoot to help the community.

In this community alone last year staff from Craftsman Collision put a huge dent in hunger – pun totally intended – raising $6,600.

In their one-day drive last fall, the Craftsman teams at the Save-On-Foods in Walnut Grove and Langley City were able to collect $3,300 in food and cash donations for the Salvation Army’s family services, and for every food item donated, Craftsman pledged to match it bringing the total to $6,600.

This Saturday, the Make A Dent team is hoping to top the 2015 tally.

They’ll be out from 1 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 1.

In 2015 Craftsman Collision’s ‘Make a Dent’ campaign raised more than $40,000. with $6,600 coming from Langley alone, that’s a large percentage of the overall amount.

In Langley, staff from three Langley Craftsman locations, as well as volunteers from the Gateway of Hope shelter will be set up a Save-On-Foods at 201st Street and Fraser Highway, as well as at 8840 210th St. in Walnut Grove.

Upon entering participating locations, customers will receive a shopping list of ideal non-perishable food items to shop for and donate.

The hope is that when the drive is complete, each location will have donated enough food to fill a Craftsman Collision courtesy car.

Shopping list of suggested items of need include:Canned fruitMeat (ham, tuna, salmon)Macaroni and cheesePeanut butterCanned vegetablesRiceHamburger HelperCerealDiapersPastaToilet paperInstant noodlesCanned baked beansPasta/tomato sauceBeans

Craftsman has been hosting the food drive since 2009 at various Save-On-Foods throughout B.C., and have raised to date: $217,276.42. Their hoping this year’s efforts will push them up over the quarter million mark.

Bird, fish dying

And speaking of Save-On- Foods – albeit in passing – I want to say thanks to the corporation for being responsible environmental stewards.

The company has been labelled an “Ocean Hero” after pulling all Styrofoam coolers from its shelves.

Sadly, this decision comes too late for many birds and fish that have died a slow painful death. Sun, rain, and water cause Styrofoam products like this to break down into tiny pieces and be consumed, said World Oceans Day director Debbie White.

She is hoping companies like Walmart will now follow suit by pulling the coolers, and Booster Juice by putting an end to their Styrofoam cups.

Thinking pink

October is breast cancer awareness month, and the teams from 14 Shoppers Drug Mart stores in Langley and Surrey are working together to raise money for the cause.

Specifically, they’re raising funds for the Fraser Health’s Breast Health Clinic and a pub night is on the books for this weekend.

Dozens are expected to attend on Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Townhall Public House. Tickets are $20 and available ahead by contacting asdm255@shoppersdrugmart.ca.

CAPTION: Moe Khan is general manager of OpenRoad Infiniti Langley. He addresses the crowd at the recent vehicle launch.

Unveiling popular

Close to 200 people attended a car launch in Langley this month.

It was a record crowd at OpenRoad’s Infiniti Langley dealership on Sept. 14 when they rolled out the Q60 and QX30 models for 2017.

“There was much anticipation leading up to this launch,” said general manager Moe Khan. “Our customers have expressed significant interest in both the Q60 and QX30 and we’re pleased to have sold several since our launch event last week.”

Serving art, steak

Bob’s Steakhouse, in downtown Aldergrove, is being morphed into an art gallery of sorts next week.

Bob and Karen Long are hosting a “little art show”  on Wednesday, Oct. 5, which will feature local artists, artisans, and performers – including BC Hall of Fame jazz pianist Marty Franklin.

“Our community offers so much talent, it is a wonderful idea to provide a place to display them for sale in a relaxed atmosphere of wine and food,” said Steakhouse manager Lucy Prior.

The show starts at 5 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m., with no admission fee or commissions on the work. Info: 604-671-8948.

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