Backpack Buddies on Vancouver Island

Backpack Buddies on Vancouver Island

When Backpack Buddies mentioned wanting to expand the program to Vancouver Island, we were excited to help. By supplying shipping we were able to help bring much-needed food to hundreds of kids living on Vancouver Island. We are proud to support Backpack Buddies and will continue to do so. The program expansion is in need of volunteers in Victoria, BC to prepare and delivery the backpacks to local schools including Sooke, BC.

To learn more please CLICK HERE.

Thank You, Backpack Buddies, for all you do!

Mobile Mission with Impact

Mobile Mission with Impact

Helping the marginalized population is such a priority here at Rick’s Heart Foundation. This is why we have partnered with The John Volken Academy to create the ‘Mobile Mission with Impact’ van. The HEART of this mission is to directly bring support to those in need within our Community.

The Mobile Mission van made its first appearance on February 4th, 2020 at the Toque Tuesday event. However, the van’s first ‘MISSION’ happened this past week by bringing pallets of food to Luke 15 House. This recovery home boasts a great sense of support, community and giving back. The gentlemen at Luke 5 House have been donating their time on Wednesdays, to volunteer at Surrey Urban Mission (SUMS) for years. We wanted to bless them in return for them being such blessings to those at SUMS Place.

“Everybody can be great. Because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” 

~ Martin Luther King, Jr

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Along with The John Volken Academy we are very excited about this initiative. Keep an eye out for the next mission. 

Halalt First Nation Flood

Halalt First Nation Flood

Below is a thank you story from Soap For Hope Canada. We were very grateful to be approached and to help out our local community when disaster struck by flooding the Halalt First Nation on Vancouver Island in January/February of 2020. Follow @soapforhope.DAC on social media to stay up to date with all they do and learn how you can be involved.

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We Called, You answered

When a local Soap for Hope champion, Rose, came by our warehouse to notify us of the devastation left behind for the Halalt First Nation in the wake of the recent flooding we were eager to help. With a little help from our friends at the Indigenous Policing branch of the RCMP, we were connected with a local contact who gave a list of needs and a place to send them, H’ulh-etun Health Society.

We find that one of the biggest barriers to connecting people with the products they need is shipping; but when we reached out to our partners at Diamond Delivery and Rick’s Heart Foundation they didn’t hesitate. They quickly readied a 5-tonne truck to pick up as much as we could stuff into it and hauled it up to Chemainus and the Halalt First Nation in no time flat!

Thank you to all the community members who came forward with donations, who took the time to prepare and pack the shipment. Thanks to Procter & Gamble for hygiene kits, the Food Rescue Project for the toilet paper and cleaning supplies (and to the Mustard Seed for delivering it to our warehouse)! Thanks to the class from Pacific Christian School who helped us load the truck and to the Rotary Club of Chemainus and the Cowichan Capitals hockey team for being there on the other side to unload everything, box by box! And thanks again to Diamond Delivery and Rick’s Heart Foundation for being so quick to act and give in this time of need.

This experience has been such a beautiful representation of the power of community. Our neighbours needed help, and you answered.

                                                                                                                                       Huy ch q’u (Thank you!)

Thank you to everyone who donated their time, funds, and much-needed items to help the Halalt First Nation. Such a great example of coming together to increase the impact.

Elton John AIDS Foundation

Elton John AIDS Foundation

A part of our mission at Rick’s Heart Foundation is that everyone has access to the healthcare they need. That is why we were excited to support The 28th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. We did this by placing a Thank you in the fundraisers events program. These funds will help to continue supporting those fighting HIV/AIDS around the world and help find a cure. Congratulations to everyone at the Elton John AIDS Foundation on a successful event. 

Founded in the United States in 1992 and in the U.K. in 1993, the Elton John AIDS Foundation has thus far raised more than $450 million to help combat the stigma surrounding HIV and the AIDS virus; prevent infections; provide treatment and various other clinical services; and educate governments around the world to put a stop to the AIDS epidemic. 

We look forward to future projects in support of Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Take a moment and visit their WEBSITE to learn more.

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Toque Tuesday 2020

Toque Tuesday 2020

 What is  Surrey’s Toque Tuesday?

Nine years ago, Tim Baillie decided to face homelessness in Surrey head on by introducing the Toque Tuesday; a day of bringing community together to play a little hockey and raise awareness of the homelessness pandemic throughout Surrey. From day one firefighters from the Surrey Fire Department have been there offering their support and getting in on the games.

Today the event has grown into a powerful display of community as local organizations, hockey teams and even the City of Surrey vie for opportunity to be involved. Individuals from the local homeless community are invited to participate in every aspect of the event.

With a focus on the working poor the event promotes donations of practical items such as; socks, warm clothing, and work gear. All donations are then distribute the night of the event by Jonquil Hallgate (Community supporter) to whom they are needed by the most.

Rick’s Heart Foundation enjoys participating in Toque Tuesday Hockey and we look forward to participating in the event in years to come. This year on February 4th, our hockey team came together to help raise awareness and funds for the homeless and working poor in our City of Surrey, BC. The day was filled with laughter, passion and a general sense of community. This year we even managed to recruit The John Volken Academy to form a team to join in the event. Some of the other teams that participated in the event were Surrey Urban Mission, Surrey City Council, Surrey Fire Fighters Charitable Society, the RCMP, and the Surrey Eagles!!! The weather couldn’t have been more on point with the snowfall, opening all participants eyes to what life can often be like for those living in the cold.

The Surrey Eagles junior hockey team is involved in Toque Tuesday again and hosted their annual Sock and Underwear Toss during a game at South Surrey Arena on Friday, Feb. 7. That evening, spectators donated new socks, toques, and underwear to toss on the ice when the home team scored against the visiting Wenatchee Wild. Such a Community minded hockey team.

 

A special shout out to Brad at King of Floors for being a long term supporter for Toque Tuesday, as well as for buying The John Volken Academy students lunch at the event. 

                      Thank You!

Spotted at the event the ‘Mobile Mission’ van, keep an eye out for the official launch of this creative initiative.

We can’t wait until next year’s Toque Tuesday 10th Anniversary event on February 2, 2021.

 

For more information on the event or how you can get involved contact

Tim Baillie at baillie161@gmail.com