Just recently, the LLCS organized three recent deliveries of food to help families in need through the Covid-19 Community Caring Drive.
On Friday, April 10, 2020, a team of thirteen volunteers, using two truck trailers and eight vehicle minivans, dropped off nearly 8000lbs of vegetables and fruit produce. The food was distributed to various churches, homes, homeless shelters, B.C. paramedic units, immigrant families, seniors, and isolated individuals across metro Vancouver, including those in the Downtown Eastside (DTES) area. Some food distribution groups also received a large batch of donations, including the Tri-Cities Mom group, the Immigrant Link Center Society, the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, the B.C. Paramedics, and the Surrey chapter of the B.C. Paramedics Network.
On the same day, the LLCS also partnered with the Sea Island Starbucks to send fresh coffee and yummy treats to frontline healthcare workers at Richmond Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The LLCS extends its gratitude and appreciation towards our health care professionals who are putting their patients first and are working hard to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
On Saturday, April 11, the LLCS also delivered 5000 lbs of food to support food distribution groups, religious groups, and non-profit organizations across the Metro Vancouver area. Donated items included 126 cases of fresh vegetables sponsored by Van Whole Produce, a full pallet of meat, bread, and produce from Wholesale Club, in addition to food donated by Buy Low.
Before the Covid-19 pandemic, many low-income families living in East Vancouver received food donations from family-supporting programs. However, with Covid-19 shutting down schools, many food programs ceased to operate, forcing impoverished families to lose their regular food supplementary source. To provide aid to these families, this Thursday, the LLCS will partner with Superstore on Grandview Highway to deliver 3000 lbs of canned food, perishable, and non-perishable food items.
As the Covid-19 pandemic worsens every day, more individuals are facing dire consequences. With the medical system in numerous countries crashing, alongside the drop in oil prices and the collapse of the stock market, many local communities have been living in fear of unemployment compounded by food insecurity. To help these individuals, Master Lian Tzi, president of the LLCS, called upon volunteers, supporters, and sponsors to help our fellow citizens get through these dark times.
“As a registered charity, we need to help those in need in this special time, to give them care, and to bring them food and hope.” To provide aid to these families during this time, the LLCS has organized weekly distribution events throughout metro Vancouver cities to provide food for families and citizens in need.
The LLCS Covid-19 Community Caring Drive will continue partnering with generous corporations, food warehouses, local food assistance groups, and food distribution hubs to distribute much-needed food and personal protection equipment (PPE) to community members in need.
The LLCS is proud to be serving those who need our help and will continue to extend its services and programs to those in need. The LLCS thanks its volunteers, corporate and individual sponsors, and partner community service organizations for all their generosity and support in helping our programs run successfully.
The LLCS is currently accepting both monetary and in-kind donations from individuals and corporate sponsors to help local communities in need. Tax receipts are available for donations of $20 or more. If you can donate, please make the cheque payable to “Lotus Light Charity Society” and mail it to Lotus Light Charity Society, 200-357 E. Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6A 1P3. You can also donate online by Visa or Mastercard, or through our website: http://vllcs.org/en/donation/. The LLCS is a registered charity (BN 14110-4893-RR0001). We could be reached at 604-685-5548 or by email at email@example.com.