Shoppers Drug Mart front store manager Ed Sito and franchise owner Peter Lok present a cheque for $5

Shoppers Drug Mart front store manager Ed Sito and franchise owner Peter Lok present a cheque for $5

FCSS receives donation to benefit women

Ponoka’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is going to be able to help women with health issues thanks to a $5,000 donation

Ponoka’s Family and Community Support Services (FCSS) is going to be able to help women with health issues thanks to a $5,000 donation from Shoppers Drug Mart.

The drug store raised most of the money in September during the company’s Tree of Life, in support of women’s health, campaign. This is the third year donating to FCSS, said franchise owner Peter Lok.

“We wanted to support a local initiative and keep the funds local,” explained Lok.

FCSS executive director Shannon Boyce-Campbell said the money will help pay for treatment or transportation for medical treatment or other programs that will help with women’s health. “We’re always amazed at the amount that they can generate in a year,” said Boyce-Campbell.

“It’s a piece of mind for us and the entire program,” she added.

Front store manager Ed Sito said he was amazed at the generosity of their customers. He says one lady donated $50 to the initiative.

“It’s a small community but everyone is generous with their budgets,” said Sito.