Dreaming of a better you this year? This is the place to begin. The SOS Personal Growth Group helps residents enhance their quality of life and develop their potential while gaining new skills and confidence. Outcomes include: a better connection with yourself and others, a better understanding of identity, and increased awareness of relationships with family, friends, and the community. The program runs for 10-weeks from Jan. 21 – April 4 at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville. The cost is $5 per session and the remainder of the cost is subsidized by SOS. Pre-register for the program by calling 250-752-2040 ext. 200.
Join SOS for a free seminar on creating a healthy resilience practice on Saturday, February 11 from 10 a.m. to noon, at the SOS Community Services Centre in Parksville.
The seminar will be led by Cindy Thompson ACC, M. Sc, RCC, who is a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Certified Executive Coach. Over the past two years Cindy has been studying resilience and learning from the lived experience of her guests on A Resilience Project podcast. Representatives from local mental health service organizations will also be present for a panel question and answer discussion.
To learn more or to pre-register, visit SOSResiliencePractice.eventbrite.ca or call SOS at 250-248-2093 by February 9.
Red Apple Fill the Sleigh Day
A big shoutout to Red Apple, all the staff there, and everyone who supported their Fill the Sleigh Day and Toy Drive for SOS this year
SOS received a cheque for $1,203 from 10% of the sales on Dec. 5, PLUS $1,520 in cash donations collected by customers and $3,600 in toys and gifts.
Tigh-Na-Mara Toy Drive
Thank you everyone who came out to the Tigh-Na-Mara Christmas Toy Drive this year!
We received an outstanding and record-breaking amount of cash and gift card donations this year! And it’s the most toys we have received in the last few years!
Altogether 1,416 toys and gifts were donated, $4,105 in gift cards and $15,462 in cash and cheques.
All the toys and cash donations received have gone towards our Caring for Community at Christmas program.
Do you know a local family in need of a mattress for their child?
M&N Mattress & Sofa Gallery is partnering with SOS this year to provide the gift of good sleep to residents in need. M&N Mattress & Sofa Gallery will donate 12 mattresses, mattress covers and pillows to SOS to distribute to residents who need them as part of their 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway.
M&N Mattress owner Mark Nagra said this is the 22 year his company has been doing business in the community, and this is their way of giving back to the community that has supported them. The mattresses are high quality and B.C. made. Local families with children in need of a mattress can contact SOS to be considered for this giveaway until Dec. 22. Call 250-248-2093 ext. 241.
Join us this Sunday, Nov. 20, to see the magical annual Silver Spur Toy Ride. Witness the wonderful Christmas spirit as up to 40 horses and riders (dressed up in their Christmas attire) parade through the streets of Parksville. During the event, they will collect toys for the families and carrots for the horses to snack on. The toys collected will help stock the SOS Toy Shop, where low-income parents, caregivers and grandparents can shop for free. We hope to see you there!