Every december, Bobby McClelland of Revelstoke’s Rona, hosts a contractor night. It functions as both a ‘thank you’ to the contractors who utilize Rona for their building supply needs and as a fundraiser for the Community Connections food bank.
“We have a silent auction, all the proceeds from it go to the food bank. Any poinsettia sales go to the foodbank, and so does about $8 from every Christmas tree sale,” says McClelland.
Every contractor who attends enjoys food and drinks and takes home a present, wrapped in festive paper.
“It’s important to show the local contractors here that we appreciate them using Rona. It’s also important to give back to the community, and the food bank, especially at this time of year, is a great cause to give to,” he says.
The store itself is decorated in the holiday spirit. A friendly competition prompted by the Rona team in Salmon Arm resulted in the creation of Rona’s ‘Whoville,’ complete with bended tree. “We won, that’s for sure,” laughs McClelland.
The exact amount going to the food bank is still being calculated, but the donation is appreciated.
“We’re very grateful when local businesses donate,” says Patti Larson of Community Connections. “It’s really appreciated.”