Surrey BFF Collection for a Cause

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I have once again opened up an online Miss604 store in support of a wonderful local cause! In partnership with MAKE Vancouver and my BFF Michelle Kim, the Surrey BFF Collection is now ready to shop with proceeds supporting Options BC youth programs in Surrey, BC.

Collaborating on projects in Surrey since 1985: Michelle Kim and I met in kindergarten at Hjorth Road Elementary and we’ve been BFFs ever since! We have worked on projects together and supported the community for over three decades – from across the playground to around the globe – and we’re so excited to work together once again on such an important campaign.

Shop three designs available on t-shirtshoodiesmugstotes, and water bottles.

I Heart Surrey – it’s as simple as that! Show some love for the province’s largest city by land area and second most populated in Metro Vancouver. This is the heart of the whole campaign, from the love of friends and family, to the love of community and supporting youth through Options BC programming and services. 

Green Timbers Urban Forest” is one of Surrey’s largest parks with over 10 kilometres of nature trails, a regularly stocked fishing lake, picnic areas, and the Surrey Nature Centre all nestled in a scenic second-growth forest.

Bear Creek Park” is arguably the most popular park in the city! Home to an outdoor pool, the popular track, playground, gardens, the Bear Creek Miniature Train, the Surrey Arts Centre and kilometers of walking trails.

About the Cause

Last year, fifty women (myself included) came together to fundraise for a new affordable housing build south of the Fraser in honour of the 50th anniversary of Options Community Services. The Women of Options campaign began in February 2021, and in November it reached its $1.5 million goal. The group’s efforts had such an impact that the organization has once again assembled a mix of senior executives, volunteers, celebrities, and leaders in their communities to raise funds for youth in the community.

Options is primarily funded by various levels of government yet are constrained in using funds to support these needs due to the number of youth who require unique support, and the variety of situations that cannot be met within a program or designated funding’s parameters. 

Women of Options 2022 Logo

Funds raised through the campaign will assist youth at risk in a wide variety of ways such as:

  • Help pay for clothing so that they can attend a graduation ceremony or a job interview with their head held high
  • Cover day care or tuition costs for a young mother so that she can complete an educational program that allows her to provide a better life for her young family
  • Pay first and last month’s rent when no other funds are available
  • Help a young person further their independence by paying for driving lessons or getting their driver’s licence which is often needed for employment
  • Help with the cost of sports or recreation fees so that children can join their peers in activities that build skills, friendships and self-esteem
  • Get endangered youth to a safe place
  • Provide needed mental health support
  • Provide guidance and mentoring 
  • Help youth escape gang involvement

Proceeds will go toward this year’s Options BC Women of Options Gamechangers campaign focused on youth programs and support in Surrey, BC. Want to support the cause without a purchase? You can donate directly to Michelle’s campaign here, and Rebecca’s here.

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