Students at Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary kicked off the Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) campaign Friday. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox Valley initiative collects items for those in need

Everybody Deserves A Smile (EDAS) is a ‘Kindness Care Package Project’ that was started 16 years ago.

Headquartered at Ecole Puntledge Park Elementary in Courtenay, the aim is to educate and create with students and communities in an artistic way, hoping to reach out to those in need at Christmas.

The project is seeking woolen or part wool socks, toques, gloves/mitts, scrves/neckwarmers, extra large sizes for men, and medium izes for women.

Collections are being accepted from Nov. 15-Dec. 9.

Partnering Comox Valley schools include Aspen, Arden, Brooklyn, Courtenay Elementary, Cumberland Community School, École Robb Road, Glacier View Secondary Centre, G.P. Vanier Secondary, Heritage Online Christian School, Highland Secondary, Huband Park, Lake Trail Middle School, Mark Isfeld Secondary, Navigate NIDES, Queenesh, Royston Elementary and Valley View Elementary.

Drop items at most participating schools and other locations:


Comox Recreation Centre | Comox Library


Cumberland Library | Seeds Food Market


Blue Spruce Ice Cream | Courtenay Library | Florence Filberg Centre Habitat for Humanity ReStore | Lewis Recreation Centre Re/Max Realty | Starbucks | Studio IPF

Cash donations can be made payable to EDAS, or E-Transfer to

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