January 2016 Key of She Concert Fundraiser
March 2016 "Patsy Cline" Concert Fundraiser
May 2016 Spring Pie Bee and Sale
June 2016 Garage Sale Fundraiser
June 20 2016 World Day of Refugees
October 2016 Fall Pie Bee and Sale Fundraiser
November 2016 Middle East Dinner Fundraiser
February 2017 Candlelight Vigil for Tolerance and Peace
April 2017 Harris Farm Spring Turnout
June 2017 Garage Sale
June 2017 Manure Sale
July 2017 Key of She Concert
2017-2018-Save On Foods Grocery Cards
2017-2018-Asian Dinner Recipe Books
July 2018-Our Kurdish family from Syria is in Creston!! After two years of waiting since our application was made to bring them here, they have arrived safe and sound in our wonderful community. Many thanks to the group of Creston Refugee Committee members who travelled to Vancouver to meet them, including a valley resident who was able to speak to them in their own language!! Also, many thanks to those who worked so hard to find them a house and to prepare it with most of what they will need for their lives here in our valley. Over the next while, they will be acclimatizing themselves to their new home and beginning to learn English. Creston Valley...YOU ROCK!!
October 2018 Pie Bee-Another huge success for this annual event held in the newly rennovated Trinity United Church- Apple pies and Rhubarb pies were successfully sold to many in the community and we wish to thank all those wonderful volunteers who made this event so successful.
It is with deepest sadness that we honor the passing of one of the Creston Refugee Committee's most valued and dedicated members. Iris Aryan passed on after a brave battle with cancer in February of this year and her efforts to bring refugees to Creston, most notably the Kurdish family from Syria who had been in a refugee camp in Iraq, were so appreciated. She had bravely remained with us hoping to be well enough to welcome them to our community and in true Iris style, she managed to achieve that goal. The Kurdish family was able to attend her memorial service. Rest in peace, Iris. We miss you dearly.
Our 40th anniversary celebration held at the Creston Museum on June 27, 2019 was a HUGE success with wonderful food, costumes and personal anecdotes. We are so grateful to all who helped to make this event happen. Stay tuned for pictures and bulletin board writings coming soon!
Manure Sale-(aged manure for your garden) Saturdays, in May 2019, 2020 and 2021. Ads will appear on our Facebook page or here on our website as Spring arrives. $5 per bag or $30 per pickup load Wiebetter Holsteins at 1235 Wilson Road Wynndel (off Lower Wynndel Road) Call Randy Terpstra at 604-793-5258 for manure sales earlier orf later than sale date. Proceeds to Creston Refugee Committee. Thanks, Randy and Carla!
June/July 2020 Erickson Garage Sale was successful. THANKS, Kerry!
September 2020-Great Big Garage Sale- held at former Saan Store in Creston Valley Mall- a HUGE success! Thankyou!
We are supporting the Kurdish Syrian refugee family of 6 that came in June and are expecting a Burmese Kechin family of 7 within two years. Proceeds from these upcoming events go towards helping these families. Than so much.
Sept. 25 &26, 2020-Creston Refugee Committee BIG Garage Sale;
This event was a HUGE SUCCESS! Thankyou beloved Creston Valley! Here is what our local newspaper wrote:
"...All items were donated from the community, and the funds will go towards financially supporting a refugee family for a year when they arrive in Creston.
A Kachin Burmese family of eight currently living as refugees in Malaysia is expected to arrive in town later this year, and the proceeds from this garage sale will go toward supporting this family. Once they arrive in Creston, the total number of refugees who have come to Creston will be exactly 100.
The committee has been sponsoring refugee families since 1978, and a total of 92 refugees have come to Creston since 2018 thanks to the group’s efforts." ( Creston Valley Advance)
Post Garage Sale from Linda Price:
First I want to send a big THANK YOU to our fund raising team who worked so hard to find a venue, advertise, collect donations, set up, clean up and work the 2 days of the sale. Dave Budney says, “It was a lot of work but it was fun!” so I hope the other members of his fund raising team, Sheila, Maggie, Allison, Joanna and Jean feel the same.
Another THANK YOU goes to everyone who volunteered and donated items to sell. Now I know you are wondering how much we made and including a couple of nice donations it is just over $8,300. I think that when Sue crunches the numbers she will say, “ we finally have enough money to support the Maplamchang family of 8 and when will they arrive?”
Thanks again, for me it was the easiest refugee fundraiser I have been involved in,
P.S. Another comment from Dave, “ we had a shopper named Liza who stopped in at 4:00, she spent $5 and then spent over an hour helping to pack up.”
Due to the Corona Virus, we have had to suspend some events and fundraisers for the time being. But your donations are very much appreciated. They can be mailed as shown below: Thankyou, stay safe and well.
Donations can be made by mail to: Trinity United Church
Please write "for Creston Refugee Committee" on memo line on your cheque.
If you wish to be sent an income tax receipt, please include your mailing address. Thankyou!