Canadian retailer, London Drugs, today launched #Welcoming150, a special program and donation drive that will support 150 new Canadian families across Western Canada who left their country of origin sometimes due to unsafe circumstances. As part of celebrating Canada 150, the program will support families identified as still-in-need by participating agencies in the various markets where London Drugs stores are located. In Lethbridge, London Drugs is proud to be partnered with Lethbridge Family Services.
“Our customers show us time and time again, that they want to support people in their local communities,” said Chris Mabie, Store Manager, London Drugs Lethbridge. “Because of this, it’s important for us to provide these opportunities where we can, to help connect our store staff and our customers to the people in our community that can use a little extra support and care. Together, we can make a significant positive impact supporting these families in need.”
“We are grateful to people in Lethbridge for their generosity. On behalf of the families we work with, we would like to thank everyone for truly reinforcing our Canadian values, and showing what it means to be Canadian during this very special time in the country’s history,” said Michelle Gallucci, Director, Advancement & Community Relations, with Lethbridge Family Services.
To learn about the families being supported in Lethbridge and to donate items based on their specific needs, people can visit London Drugs located in Centre Village Mall.
The Continued Need for Refugee Support
According to Lethbridge Family Services, Immigrant Services Department, there is continued need amongst refugee families across Canada. Items needed currently include:
• Hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, tooth paste, etc.
• Kitchen wares such as dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils, small appliances, etc.
• Linens for the kitchen, bath and bedroom.
• Food including snacks, cooking oil, rice, pasta, flour, cereal, juice, etc.
• Cleaning supplies including laundry soap, broom, dust pan, iron, etc.
• Family needs such as books, games or puzzles.
The inspiration behind #Welcoming150 is two-fold. First, it provides continued support for new Canadian families who come from unsafe backgrounds. Second, it honours the legacy of Tong Louie, whose family acquired London Drugs in 1945 and grew the company to what it is today. In 1914, Tong Louie was born to an immigrant Chinese family who owned a wholesale food business. Tong Louie and the Louie family have been instrumental in shaping today’s retail industry in Canada.
“Welcoming and helping newcomers distinguishes what makes Canada great and so we are very excited to launch and facilitate this support program in all London Drugs stores in June, across Western Canada,” said Clint Mahlman, executive vice president and chief operating officer, London Drugs. “As a proud family-owned 72-year-old Canadian company, we will also be contributing corporately, alongside the donations from our customers and staff to ensure each family’s immediate needs are met.”
To learn more about the #Welcoming150, the families, and how you can support, please visit: http://www.londondrugs.com/welcoming150