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Tri-Cities non-profit launches $100K raffle following record sales month during COVID-19

Crossroads Hospice Society is grateful for the public's support, despite a brief closure during the pandemic.
Clothing donations on display inside the Crossroads Hospice Thrift Store (2780 Barnet Hwy.), one of many ways the society raises funds for bereavement programs in the region.

Crossroads Hospice Society has been on a roller-coaster ride the last two years since the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in March 2020.

Its thrift store (2780 Barnet Hwy.) experienced nearly a three-month closure.

However, since reopening in June 2020, the community has pulled through on donations and purchases for the benefit of the Coquitlam-based non-profit's bereavement programs — and recently surpassed a milestone in sales.

In March, a record of more than $75,000 was sold —roughly a 17 per cent increase compared to the $64,000 mark set in July 2021.

"We were unsure how we were going to make it or recover from the situation, if the restrictions kept our store closed," explained Crossroads spokesperson Jaimie Jeon in a statement to the Tri-City News

"In moments of uncertainty, our donors stepped up to the occasion with their generous donations (people went overload with their pandemic house cleaning and home organizing during isolation periods) and our customers chose to thrift in support over big retail shops."

Now, Crossroads has launched its annual 50/50 raffle to support its programs for the region as it has done so for the last three decades for Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra.

And one (lucky) person could walk away with half of a potential $100,000 jackpot.

"We are truly where we are today thanks to giving and generous community, volunteers, donors and customers that Crossroads is still able to provide compassionate, quality end-of-life care and grief support for our community," adds Jeon. 

"We can’t do what we do without them and we want to share our deep appreciation for help us deliver the care we do for our community."

The 2022 draw is slated for Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m. with tickets on sale until 7 p.m. the same day.

Interested participants will buy tickets in packs:

  • $5 = Three tickets
  • $10 = Seven tickets
  • $20 = 50 tickets
  • $50 = 150 tickets

For more information on the Crossroads Hospice raffle, you're encouraged you visit the society's website and you must be 19 years old to play.