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Raise a Reader campaign collects more than $7,000 in Kamloops

Members of the Kamloops Storm hockey team were collecting donations for the Raise a Reader campaign.
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September 26, 2019 - 11:12 AM

KAMLOOPS - Volunteers raised more than $7,300 during the annual Raise a Reader campaign in Kamloops yesterday.

Raise a Reader is a Canada-wide campaign that funds various programs in communities. From Sept. 20 to 27, volunteers across the country participated in selling local newspapers for a donation and volunteers donned orange shirts to participate in Kamloops 12th year of the fundraiser.

Jan Anton with the Kamloops Broncos says she was caught off guard when a homeless man approached her with a donation yesterday, Sept. 26.

“He just walked up and wanted to know more about the program,” Anton says.  “He said, ‘You know, I don't have much money, I'm homeless, but let me give you something.' At first, I sort of refused, because I was like, ‘ I can't take money from you,’ and he insisted. The little money he had he wanted to give back to the community, which was quite amazing and left me speechless.”

Fiona Clare, literacy outreach coordinator for Literacy in Kamloops, helped to organize the event and says although this year has brought in less than last, it was still a successful event.

Clare expects this year’s total amount of donations to continue to climb as the final online donations come in.

If you want to donate to the Kamloops Raise a Reader campaign go to the United Way website here.

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