Thanks to a gift card donation of $5,000 from Giant Tiger in Wetaskiwin, the Ponoka chapter of Bags of Love will be able to fill up their bags that benefit adopted children. The group held a special bag filling event June 9 at the Ponoka Seventh Day Adventist Church. Photo submitted

Ponoka’s Bags of Love project gets $5,000 boost

Giant tiger donates $5,000 in certificates to Ponoka’s Bags of Love project.

Giant Tiger Stores Limited from Wetaskiwin generously donated $5,000 to help the Ponoka chapter of Bags of Love provide necessities and comfort to children who have been removed from their homes.

These bags aim at making the transition a little bit easier and include a handmade quilt and letter. Jeff Pawloske, store manager, and members of the store staff assisted in a bag stuffing event June 9.

“Community involvement is more than what we do at Giant Tiger, it is who we are,” explains Karen Sterling, VP of marketing, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “This year marks Canada’s 150th birthday and we are especially proud of the initiatives we’re involved with throughout our communities. Partnering with organizations like Bags of Love cultivates the sense of home, community and helping one another that is a direct reflection of Giant Tiger’s all-Canadian brand.”

The event was held at the Ponoka Seventh Day Adventist Church where volunteers have been working to build these special care packages for boys and girls who get taken into a foster care.

“Bags of Love is dedicated to making the lives of displaced children a little brighter,” says Jewel Lien, Bags of Love – East Central Alberta. “Thanks to Giant Tiger’s incredibly kind and generous gift, we can shine a light to more displaced children. We also have the confidence to reach out to more Child and Family Service offices knowing we have partners like Giant Tiger who stand beside us.”