Three sisters from Terrace raised over a $1,000 for a homeless shelter by organizing a bottle drive in the community.
Along with her two teenage sisters Hali and Dylan Ouellet, Chera Bergen went from home to home in the city collecting recyclables last week. They made $1175 after selling four to five truck loads of recyclables to the Return-It recycling centre on Kalum Street.
The money was used to buy essentials like shoes, toiletries, backpacks and clothing which were dropped off at Ksan House Society’s office on Lakelse Ave.
Twenty- seven-year-old Bergen recently moved back to Terrace from Alberta wanted to do something for the community where she grew up.
After coming across a Facebook post by Ksan Society where the organization expressed a need for essential supplies, Bergen thought of it as the perfect place to start. It was then that Bergen’s 14-year-old sister Hali came up with the idea to organize a bottle drive in Terrace to raise money to buy these supplies.
After posting about it on social media, the three sisters, along with their family members went around town collecting recyclables over three days, last week.
“The community was so helpful towards the cause,” said Bergen.
They bought supplies from Walmart with the money they raised and dropped it off with Lorin Owen, Ksan Society’s shelter coordinator for the Capacity Expansion Shelter. Ksan Society also took to Facebook to post a message thanking the efforts of the sisters.
“We have three words to describe these three remarkable sisters. You are generous thoughtful and kind! You are going to put smiles on many faces,” said the society in the post.
The sisters plan to continue raising money for different social causes in Terrace this summer. For their next project, they are aiming to raise money for the animal shelter.