bottles…and jars — of jam!

The Bottle Brigade has been busy all summer collecting from the Lefty’s Restaurants in Parksville and Qualicum Beach but we have been delighted to receive calls from people who donated to the Bottle drive earlier this year and who are now asking if we still wanted their refundables.   There has also been an increase in the number of people who are asking that their refunds at he Bottle Depots be credited to our  account.  Especially terrific are the number of Grannies who have arranged with neighbours to regularly receive their bottles and cans this is especially useful around holiday periods like July 1, Labour Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas.    We began this years’ project with the idea that our program could be greatly expanded and we seem to have been proved correct!   Many thanks to all the Grannies and Friends of Grannies who are helping us achieve a record year!!
Christmas Extravaganza
We are now in prime preserving season – yes, just when it gets really hot and sticky the traditionalists among us are stirring hot pots of jams, jellies, pickles and chutneys!   Last year’s Christmas Extravaganza was completely sold out of all the preserves donated by Grannies so there is clearly a market for this type of product.   If you are making preserves of any kind please bear the Extravaganza in mind and make a few jars for this, our biggest fundraiser.   Lorna Reid has volunteered to co-ordinate this section of the fair and will be happy to answer any questions at

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