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From CBS to your closet: North Shore not-for-profit raising funds with studio's clothing donation

Last Updated Dec 9, 2020 at 2:45 pm PDT

After a clothing donation from local CBS studios throughout the Lower Mainland, North Shore non-profit Harvest Project is looking to raise some funds to keep offering a 'hand-up,' as the charity likes to call it. (Courtesy Harvest Project/Facebook)
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After a clothing donation from local CBS studios, Harvest Project looking to raise some funds to keep offering 'hand up'

Harvest Project offers programs for clients who are experiencing difficult life circumstances

Program coordinator Philippe Segur doesn't know what sets the pieces come from, but CBS has had a local presence

NORTH VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you’re looking to shop for some new threads while doing some good, you may be in luck.

After a clothing donation from local CBS studios throughout the Lower Mainland, North Shore non-profit Harvest Project is looking to raise some funds to keep offering a “hand-up,” as the charity likes to call it.

Harvest Project offers programs for clients who are experiencing difficult life circumstances, encouraging people to take steps forward to improve their respective situations. This includes meeting with volunteer client-care partners who can coach them through their difficult times.

Program coordinator Philippe Segur says it’s an opportunity that will serve all kinds of wins for their group, and the people they assist.

“We were contacted by the CBS local office, with some of the employees that were local to the North Shore, and approached us with an opportunity to receive some clothing donation from some of the series that they film in the Lower Mainland, with the goal to raise funds for the organizations.”

While Segur doesn’t know what sets the pieces come from, CBS has had a local presence, shooting series like “Charmed.” When he first heard the news, he was incredibly grateful.

“We had this opportunity because we had had some contact with them in the past, but this time was another level of support, and they really wanted to get engaged with Harvest Project.”

Segur says every dollar matters since they’ve seen so many people reach out to them this year. Between the uptick in North Shore residents looking for assistance, and losing volunteers, it’s been tough.


“When COVID hit, we lost all the volunteers overnight, because a lot of them are elderly, so right away, a lot of people were not comfortable coming in. The organization went from about 30 volunteers and six staff, daily down to six staff. That was the biggest challenge, because that’s when we also realized we couldn’t do the food support anymore with our 32, 35 families a week. We had to do a big switch to immediate support with a gift card.”

As has been the case for a number of non-profit groups, the need is still great, and that’s predicted to continue for Harvest Project into the New Year.

“Just the gift card program is, by the end of the 12 months, we should have, we should be close to the $300,000 mark in distribution. We don’t see that need going down for the next couple of years. We do believe that we’re getting ready for a New Year, when January, February, March, for an increase in demand as well, because we do believe that a lot of small businesses are going to be challenged after the Christmas season. Lot of people close down, and we do believe that there are going to be a lot of families that are working at minimum wage that are going to be struggling.”


The four-day sale starts Thursday, December 10th, and hours are as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 10: 4 pm to 8 pm
Friday, Dec. 11: 12 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, Dec. 12: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday, Dec. 13: 12 pm to 5 pm

The address is 1025 Marine Drive in North Vancouver, and it’s taking place at the old Chapters Indigo location in the building.

Clothing available at the sale is both new and used, and Segur says there will be distancing measures in place to ensure everyone is safe. Examples include well-spaced clothing racks and timed shopping.

If you’d like to help, you can contact Philippe at spca@harvestproject.org.