The holidays are a season for giving and it’s something the Roster Sports Club Bar & Grill is looking to do this year.
The second annual Dish Out the Kindness is a month-long fundraising initiative in December to support two local charities.
The Salvation Army – House of Hope and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Vernon will receive a $ 5 list donation for each regular priced admission purchased in December. The list will also donate $ 5 on all gift certificate purchases of $ 50 or more. With a goal of raising $ 6,000, the funds will be split evenly between the two charities.
“The pandemic has certainly taken its toll in our community and these are just two organizations that need our help more than ever,” said list owner Hussein Hollands. “The Salvation Army does so much for our most vulnerable citizens, including running the food bank, and we know the needs in our community have never been greater. Equally saddening, mental health has suffered greatly with higher mental health issues in our community than we have seen before. “
For the past 60 years, CMHA Vernon, a charitable organization, has been committed to making mental health possible for everyone, by meeting the needs of our community through a variety of services and resources.
“We know that people living with mental health issues can thrive in our communities if they have the right resources: housing, support services, employment and education opportunities,” said Nicole Zelez of the ACSM Vernon. “We are extremely grateful to The Roster for organizing this initiative.”
Serving the community of Vernon and surrounding areas for 115 years, The Salvation Army supports families and individuals with food, clothing, Christmas assistance, and emotional and spiritual care through its food bank, family services and its thrift store.
“We consider it a privilege to serve and provide assistance to anyone in need. Our organization relies on the generosity of the community to provide the many resources and services we provide, ”Salvation Army Vernon Corps Officer Jen Thompson said. “We are grateful for the support and are delighted to receive help from The Roster at this time of great need. “
Last year, The Roster’s fundraiser raised $ 5,000 for The Upper Room Mission and the Starfish Kids’ Pack program.
“Giving back to the local community has been one of The Roster’s core mandates and areas for the past two years,” Hollands said. “We plan to continue this fundraising and other community-driven initiatives for years to come. “