Support frontline workers and families through Shawnigan Heart to Heart campaign

SRA teams up with iloveshawnigan.com for fundraiser

The Shawnigan Residents Association and iloveshawnigan.com are providing these signs to show support for frontline workers and to raise funds to help families affected by closures of food banks and school lunch programs. (Submitted)

Helping residents show their gratitude to frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Heart to Heart campaign in Shawnigan Lake also benefits families who have to depend on food banks and school lunch programs.

Heart to Heart is a partnership between iloveshawnigan.com and the Shawnigan Residents Association, providing heart signs to be posted on lawns and in windows during the coronavirus crisis.

“The hearts are meant to show love, gratitude and hope for the frontline workers who are still working to keep us all safe and healthy,” the SRA explained in a statement to media.

Since food banks and school lunch programs have been affected by health-related closures, all proceeds from the signs will go to the Starfish Program and Nourish Cowichan, who have partnered with School District 79 to deliver food to families who rely on those services.

“This partnership is working to deliver much-needed support with respect and dignity while keeping everyone safe through proper social distancing protocols,” the SRA said.

Signs can be ordered at theSRA.ca/hearts for a minimum donation of $25. Organizers were hoping to have 300 signs ordered by Monday.

“Text your friends,” the SRA said. “If everyone buys a sign, and texts 10 contacts asking them to participate in the program, not only will we have 300 signs out in community next week, but we will be able to raise $7,500 which will go directly to families in need as early as next week.”

Once signs are ordered, they will be delivered and installed by volunteers practising social distancing. For those who live outside South Cowichan, a curbside pickup address will be provided.

To volunteer to help install signs, email iloveshawnigan@gmail.com.

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