A special tool donation event in Parksville Qualicum Beach went beyond what organizer Dave Field thought was possible.
Field, a former president and 20-year member of the Seaside Cruizers Car Club, organized a three-day donation event at two locations to help Fraser Valley families rebuild their homes after massive flooding in late November of 2021.
“I know we’re on the Island and they’re in the Fraser Valley, but you have to remember where our food and everything else comes from. And these people need our help, ”he said.
In Jan. 29, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12, those interested in donating new or great tools may do so in either the Home Hardware Building Center parking lot (1395 Island Hwy, French Creek) or in the Dolly’s Home Hardware parking lot (169 W 2nd Ave. at Qualicum Beach) between 10 am and 4 pm
A partial list of tools and and sought after items includes: gas generator, heater, fan, pump, stapler, drywall saws, skill saw, reciprocating saws, angle grinder, impact driver, compressor, jig saw, drywall screw gun, floor nailers, work lights and dehumidifiers.
There is no amount of goal that Field wants to hit, but just to get as many tools as possible to use them in a good way.
The idea to hold a donation event came to Field after he saw a news report on the Yarrow Food Hub, an organization founded to directly help communities in the Chilliwack and Abbotsford area affected by the flooding, in need of tools for distribute or lend to flood victims.
From the get-go, Field wanted to include his fellow car club members. Because his idea was so well received, he decided to do more and encourage the public to donate.
Judith Wall, a manager for the Home Hardware Building Center in French Creek, said the partnership seems appropriate, as they have an existing relationship with Cruizers as a sponsor of their annual car show.
Dolly’s Home Hardware’s side owner in Qualicum Beach, Liz Virgin, said the decision to help was a “no-brainer.”
“Just watching what’s going on in the news and all the people who have lost their homes and animals – just to help get back together somehow,” he said.
For additional help with donation efforts, both French Creek and Qualicum Beach Home Hardware locations will offer a 10 percent discount on tools that are regularly priced on Jan. 29, Feb. 29. 5 and Feb. 12, with the idea of people buying new tools to donate, or donate an older model and choose a new one in the store.
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