Students make care packages

The Everybody Deserves a Smile (EDAS) 2013 campaign is nearing its deadline.

These bags created by Everybody Deserves A Smile volunteers are ready to be distributed.

The Everybody Deserves a Smile (EDAS) 2013 campaign is nearing its deadline.

EDAS volunteers, guided by founder Chantal Stephan, will bags this Thursday and Friday at École Puntledge Park. Joanna Finch, Brodie Dawson and Helen Austin will play music for young volunteers while they fill the bags.

Everybody Deserves a Smile creates care packages with warm socks, hats, mitts, scarves, cookies, and love inside hand-painted bags with cards that have been decorated by the community at large. Bags are distributed to those without homes throughout the Comox Valley, Victoria and Vancouver.

Stephan has involved schools, and kids have been busy with bags and cards.

“We’re about connecting our communities across Vancouver Island and beyond through hands-on moments of kindness,” Stefan explains.

“Our creed is ‘Everybody is Somebody’ and every Christmas we make care packages for people living on our streets. Every bag is hand-painted by students and filled with homemade Christmas cards and community donations.

The kids of École Puntledge Park Elementary will make 600 care packages that will go to 11 soup kitchens, shelters and support groups.

“Because it’s our 10th year, I am running a team of teachers and this same project is running in six different school districts across Vancouver Island and Kamloops.

“Thank you being so strong, supportive and inspiring,” Stefan tells supporters. “A combination that allows for anything to be possible.”

For details, visit a Facebook page called Everybody Deserves A Smile.

— Everybody Deserves A Smile

Just Posted

Commemorative plaque stolen from Sandwick Cairn in Courtenay

The peacekeepers plaque has been stolen from the Sandwick Cairn on Dingwall… Continue reading

Painter Fiona Ackerman starts North Island College fall 2019 Artist Talk Series

Acclaimed Vancouver-based painter Fiona Ackerman will join North Island College as the… Continue reading

Comox Valley Record readers ‘Take us Along’ on holidays

When it comes to spreading the news, readers of the Comox Valley… Continue reading

Teachers protest to get Courtenay-Comox MLA’s attention

Representatives concerned about class size and composition issues

Some Cumberland businesses closing for climate strike rally Friday

A Climate Strike Cumberland Solidarity Rally is set for outside the Cumberland municipal office

PHOTOS: Young protesters in B.C. and beyond demand climate change action

Many demonstaers were kids and teens who skipped school to take part

Walmart to quit selling e-cigarettes amid vaping backlash

U.S.’s largest retailer points to ‘growing’ complications in federal, state and local regulations

Former B.C. lifeguard gets house arrest for possession of child porn

Cees Vanderniet of Grand Forks will serve six months of house arrest, then two years’ probation

Courtenay college uses former hospital space

North Island College is broadening its horizons to St. Joseph’s Hospital in… Continue reading

Crown alleges resentment of ex-wife drove Oak Bay father to kill his daughters

Patrick Weir alleged in his closing arguments that Andrew Berry is responsible for the deaths of his daughters

‘I’d do it again,’ says B.C. man who swam naked, drunk in Toronto shark tank

David Weaver, of Nelson, was drunk when he went to Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto on Oct. 12 2018

How to react to Trudeau’s racist photos? With humility, B.C. prof says

‘We are now treating racism as a crime that you cannot recover from’

Victoria man spots online photo of his totem pole 11 years after it was stolen

Mark Trueman restored the pole himself before it was stolen off of his property in Duncan

VIDEO: Fire destroys Williams Lake strip club targeted by past arson attempts

Diamonds and Dust Entertainment Lounge destroyed by fire, as well as New World Tea and Coffee House

Most Read