The ability to donate has been reduced substantially, but the Royal Canadian Legion’s Chemainus Branch 191 keeps doing all it can.
“Annually, we usually give $35,000 in the community,” noted president Len Lavender.
COVID-19 has obviously put a huge crimp in those plans, but a total of $8,000 was still presented to community groups from available funds.
“It’s a bit different,” treasurer Janet Mitchell indicated. “We haven’t had bingo since March. All this money has come out of our meat draw account.”
The meat draws have also been subjected to a recent shutdown due to ever-changing provincial health guidelines.
The Legion provided Cowichan Neighbourhood House Association and the Chemainus Harvest House Food Bank with $2,000 each. Donations of $1,000 apiece were made to the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 257 Parallel, Fuller Lake Skating Club, Ladysmith & District Marine Rescue Society and Chemainus Secondary School’s Parent Advisory Council.