Without the generous donations from the people in the Creston Valley and beyond, and without all those people who make Gleaners their place to shop, the Creston Valley Gleaners Society wouldn’t be able to support the community the way it does.
In 2011, Gleaners donated to the Creston Ministerial Association (medical fund, $8,000 and Christmas hamper fund, $3,000), the Trinity United Church (Wednesday lunch program, $2,075), Kootenai Community Centre Society (daycare snacks, general advocacy, Beyond Wild, $13,800) and the Creston and District Community Resource Centre (Therapeutic Activation for Seniors, daycare snacks, Cornerstone Clubhouse, Success by Six, little chefs, $20,000).
Donations were also given to Prince Charles Secondary School (bursaries, $5,000), elementary school programs ($1,500), College of the Rockies (bursaries, $2,000), Creston boys and girls retreats ($3,800), East Kootenay Foundation for Health ($350), Creston and District Society for Community Living (Therapeutic Riding Program, $500), Creston Valley Hospice Society ($1,500) and the Royal Canadian Legion ($65).
Gleaners also pays all costs related to running the food bank, including food purchases. Any money donated to the food bank goes directly to food purchases.
Gleaners has almost 100 dedicated volunteers who contributed more than 29,000 hours in 2011.
Gleaners Too is a large indoor garage sale, or flea market. It has all kinds of furniture, an entertainment area, a hardware section and a house ware section. It also has a sporting goods area where you will find skiing and hockey stuff in the winter and golf and outdoor sports stuff in the summer. It has electrical appliances, including lighting, and a books and music section. In the summer, you will find gardening supplies, outdoor furniture and even camping supplies, plus everything else in between, all at very affordable prices.
“There is nothing that gives me more pleasure that greeting all the people who come through our doors, everyone looking for, as some like to say, the one thing they can’t live without,” said a Gleaner volunteer. “There is something here for everyone.”
Not only is Gleaners a great place to shop, but it has also become a social gathering place. Invariably, people run into friends or neighbours and stop to chat before continuing to shop.
The Creston Valley Gleaners Society appreciates the community’s generous support. All are encouraged to support Gleaners by donating things that are taking up space or unneeded — Gleaners will find a home for it.
— CRESTON VALLEY GLEANERS SOCIETY