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Orange Door project supports homeless youth in Lloydminster

The Orange Door campaign is back to support the city’s youth.

Home Depot Canada Foundation runs the fundraiser which aims to combat youth homelessness. The Orange Door project lets customers purchase an orange door for a minimum of $2 or make a donation. All proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the Lloydminster Interval Home Society. 

Interval Home COO Charlene Rowen says the donations will go towards Bridging the Gap campaign which they’ve raised about a third of the total cost so far. The Interval Home houses 21 beds for those unable to stay elsewhere and the expansion will add another 12 beds.

“The dollars that we’ll be receiving will go towards the operations to support those extra number of families. Part of that will be looking at hiring some new staff to support those numbers and just in the general operations to support the families that are coming in.”

Rowan says the funding will also go towards the child and youth support team as several at-risk youth and families access their support programs.

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“They’re certainly going through traumatic experiences so it will really offer them a safe place where they could come in and the focus is on them.”

Lloydminster Home Depot Assistant Manager Tom Irvine says they will be holding some special events on December 14 and 21 in support of the campaign.

“Santa Claus will be in our store taking photos for donation and all that money will be going to the Interval Home as well.”

The Home Depot Foundation will once again be matching funds for the stores that are able to bring in the most donations. Last summer, the Lloydminster store ranked third in Western Canada and fourth overall out of the 182 stores across the country. Irvine says the store team is focused and confident they can repeat their ranking.

“This is super important to me as it is super important to the team here at the store, giving back happens to be one of Home Depot core values, not just from the Lloydminster perspective but Home Depot Canada. It’s always a huge thing when we can continue to have programs like this and really drive the support from the community.”

The campaign runs until December 22.

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