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Cranbrook shows its generous spirit

Home Depot staff presented a cheque for more than $15,000 to Street Angel on Friday, July 18, raised through the store’s Orange Door Project this spring. Pictured, left to right: Sheri Miles, Lori Johnson, Diane Whitehead-Bissett, Shannon Girling-Hebert, Anita Fleet, Erica Buchignani, and Barry Mechalchuk.  - Sally MacDonald photo
Home Depot staff presented a cheque for more than $15,000 to Street Angel on Friday, July 18, raised through the store’s Orange Door Project this spring. Pictured, left to right: Sheri Miles, Lori Johnson, Diane Whitehead-Bissett, Shannon Girling-Hebert, Anita Fleet, Erica Buchignani, and Barry Mechalchuk.
— image credit: Sally MacDonald photo

Cranbrook is wearing its generous heart on its sleeve once more, having just been named the biggest givers in Home Depot’s fundraiser for Street Angel this spring.

Between May 29 and July 2, customers at the Home Depot store in Cranbrook were asked if they would like to donate to Street Angel through the chain’s Orange Door Project.

Those donations added up to $7,724. When Home Depot calculated the amount donated by customers as a percentage compared to the total sales at the store during that time, Cranbrook came out first in Canada.

Home Depot matched the customers’ donations dollar for dollar, meaning that on Friday, July 18, the store presented a cheque for $15,448 to Street Angel representatives.

Home Depot’s Barry Mechalchuk said Cranbrook customers really got behind the fundraiser because 100 per cent of the donations went to the local charity, which provides drop-in services for the city’s homeless and at-risk population.

“The community support was fantastic,” said Mechalchuk. “The biggest thing was the money stays in Cranbrook and 100 per cent of what was raised goes to the charity.”

During the fundraiser, a giant pair of wings was hung inside the store, alongside a pair of orange doors explaining the project.

The fundraising period wrapped up with a barbecue outside the store on July 2.

Street Angel’s Shannon Girling-Hebert said the donation will help the charity as it prepares to relocate from its 14th Avenue location to the former Cranbrook Connections building in Balment Park, beside the skate park.

The move is planned for September, and will provide more space for the drop-in centre and the burgeoning nurse practitioner’s clinic, as well as saving money on rent.

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