Raising Children in a Digital World

Join us for an evening presentation on Feb. 21 with Dr. Gordon Neufeld.

Learn More...

The Store Manager for Ten Thousand Villages in Steinbach is hoping they can top last year's total through their Christmas giving campaign.

Mennonite Central Committee has a program where you can make a donation on behalf of a loved one towards a project in a developing country. MCC has 25 programs and five of these are available through Ten Thousand Villages.

2018 11 tenthousand(Ten Thousand Villages Store Manager Laurie Koop)Laurie Koop is Manager for the Steinbach store. She says $10 will purchase fruit tress in northern Bangladesh. For $18, you can sponsor a soccer program in Colombia, for $25 you can sponsor an irrigation project for crops in India, for $60 you can purchase one goat for a family in rural Haiti and for $85 you can sponsor a food package.

The program started November 1st and runs until December 23rd. Koop says they would like to raise $20,000 through the Steinbach store towards this program.

In 2017, this same program raised $18,250 in Steinbach. Back then there were 35 Ten Thousand Villages stores across Canada. Koop says even though per capita they are a very tiny store, they raised 18 per cent of the total for all Ten Thousand Villages stores in the country.

Koop says based on last year, it seems this giving opportunity is especially popular among two demographics.

"I was very surprised and shocked and inspired by two particular groups of people that came into the store," she says. "Both of them touched my heart."

She says one demographic was the senior men who came into the store to buy these gifts for their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The other group was millennials.

"That was actually quite the sight to see and actually brought tears to my eyes when these young people ages basically eighteen to thirty are coming in to do this instead of purchasing something else," recalls Koop.

Koop says she remembers one gentleman last year who saw the story on Steinbachonline.com and visited the store to purchase these gifts for his grandchildren. Koop says he was aware that the store was hoping to reach $20,000 in sales and came in every four days to buy more of these gifts and to see how close the store was to reaching its goal.

"Unbelievable," she says. "I knew every four days I'd be expecting to see him."

 

More Local News

OOPS!!!

A semi from Penner International in Steinbach became wedged beneath a railway bridge in Emerson Thursday afternoon. RCMP say it was a case of driver error because the trailer was too tall for the…

Trans-Canada Will Be Down To Single Lane West Of Ste. Anne This Summer

The Trans-Canada Highway from the Highway #12 interchange to Dufresne will be down to one lane each way for most of the summer. Doug Struthers is the Director of Manitoba Infrastructure for the…

"Farm House Meets Modern Country Flare"

The couple that is transforming a former Kleefeld Church building into their home, says this isn't the first time they've attempted this type of outside the box project. Bethany and Kevin Funk…

Smook To Seek Re-Election In Altered Riding

La Verendrye Conservative MLA Dennis Smook has been nominated to run in the next provincial election. The nominating meeting was held Wednesday afternoon in La Broquerie. Smook says he is excited to…

Premier Applauds Steinbach Announcement

Manitoba's Premier has officially announced that Rest Haven personal care home in Steinbach is expanding. Brian Pallister and Health Minister Cameron Friesen each made the trip to Steinbach Thursday…

Pedestrian Rail Crossings Approved In Niverville

The Town of Niverville has been given the green light to install pedestrian crossings over the train tracks at PR 311. Niverville Mayor Myron Dyck says with the new high school set to open on the…

Local Entrepreneur Recognized For The Start Of His New Business

The owner of a new recording studio near Richer is this year’s winner of the Community Futures Just Watch Me video contest. Jody Hunter owns a new business called Studio 23 and was Manitoba’s winner…

Truck Flips North Of Steinbach

The Steinbach Fire Department was called to a pair of collisions Thursday morning. Deputy Chief Ron Chausse says the first call came in around 8:15 am. Crews were called to a single vehicle rollover…

Driver Taken To Hospital In Morning Crash

The La Broquerie Fire Department responded to a single vehicle rollover Thursday morning. Deputy Chief J.C. Normandeau says it happened along Provincial Road 302, just northeast of La Broquerie.…

Pennwood Proposing To More Than Double Its Herd

A large dairy farm near Steinbach is seeking approval to more than double the size of its operation. Pennwood Dairy, located three miles east of Highway 12 on Clearsprings Road, has applied to expand…

City To Consider Improved Accessibility At Steinbach Aquatic Centre

A resident of Steinbach has asked city council to improve accessibility at the aquatic centre. In a letter, Chrystie Kroeker Boggs, says her daughter has cerebral palsy and swimming is one of the few…

School Boulevard Repairs Anticipated In 2019

The Local Urban District committee of Blumenort is trying to keep taxes unchanged from last year for residents. Roger Harder is Chair of the committee. He says the Blumenort LUD last year had a mil…

Steinbachonline.com is Steinbach's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Login