Surrey: Five years ago, Raj Arneja, Jas Gill, and a group of their friends were lamenting about their beautiful Indian garments that are no longer serving them. And so what exactly does one do with the tens and sometimes hundreds of items that accumulate in the closet?
Inspired by this question, and the need to serve, these group of Surrey moms teamed up with the East West Thrift Store to open the Seva Donation Centre. Specializing in western and South Asian attire for men, women and children, the 4,200-sq.-ft. store, located at 9430 Scott Rd., officially opened its doors to the public on July 2.
Gill has been a long-time volunteer with the Surrey Memorial Hospital, claiming that net profits raised through the store will be donated to the Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation. “We’re huge on recycling and give where you live,” said Gill as she looks on at the racks full of lightly used clothing, thoughtful about helping as many people as she can.
Arneja, a long-time community activist and Director of Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy at Nanak Foods, is a driver behind the clothing drive that brings so many
was the community has really come out to support. We restock the shelves and racks everyday!”
Offering everything from clothing to housewares, Gill will even take on consignment for higher-priced items.
For volunteer opportunities or to donate call 778-293-0115.
“Volunteers are at the core of what we do. Without volunteers we are not able to provide this valuable service to the community. We currently have a committed group of volunteers who work in a supportive, fun, team environment. If you are willing to give your time (4 hours a week) and have a little fun while giving back to the community, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us at: 604 765-2000.