O U R C O M M U N I T Y
We love our community so much! Without our neighbours, friends, family, teachers, coaches, doctors, nurses, fellow small business owners and more, we wouldn't be who or where we are today!
We are truly beyond thankful to be able to make a small impact in our local communities and across the country, over the past year we have been able to donate:
- over $94,600.00 CAD of clothing/merchandise donations
- over $53,300.00 CAD of monetary donations
Because we're so passionate about people, we're devoted to giving back to the families in our community as much as we can.
Some of the ways we do that are through...
The Fraser Valley Foster Parent Association
In May of 2021 our team packed 30 beach bags for foster kids in BC through the Fraser Valley Foster Parents Association. As a foster parent myself it was important to me to support these kids and do what we can to make them feel loved and included. The Fraser Valley Foster Parents Association provides advocacy, support, and education to help foster parents and their families thrive! You can find out more information on their efforts by visiting fraservalleyfosterparents.org.
Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada
In April of 2021, we supported Plastic Oceans Foundation Canada in honour of earth day. For every $75 spent on our website on earth day we sponsored 1km of ocean and shoreline clean up in Canada., In partnership with our amazing customers we we're able to donate a total of $26,100 to clean up 1,044km of Canadian shorelines! Plastic Oceans Canada’s mission is to inform, inspire and incite action to solve plastic pollution through its four pillars; activism, advocacy, education and science. You can find out more information on their efforts by visiting plasticoceans.ca.
Mamas for Mamas
Mamas for Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles. Over the coarse of the past year we have donated and partnered with Mamas for Mamas in a number of different ways. From clothing donations to sponsoring events and collaborating on donation initiatives Mamas for Mamas is one of our favourite organizations to partner with. Our boutique in South Surrey is also now a drop off location for Mamas for Mamas donations!
Stalew Arts & Cultural Society
With the news coming out this past year regarding residential schools in Canada. We, as a team at J&L decided to support Indigenous arts & culture through the stɑl̓əw̓ Arts and Cultural Society during the month of July. With the help of our amazing customers we were able to donate $10,000 to Stalew Arts & Cultural Society to be put towards developing youth oriented Indigenous arts and cultural programs in our community including shoe beading workshops for Indigenous youth. For more information on Stalew Arts & Cultural Society you can visit their website: stalew.ca or visit their facebook page: @stalewartsandculture.
Over the past few years we've been consistently supporting NICU families and NICU's directly across Vancouver and the lower mainland by donation of infant items.
Breakfast Club of Canada
For the entire month of September. we partnered with Breakfast Club of Canada to donate one meal for a child in need for every purchase made online and in our boutique.
Community School Support
During the summer of 2021 we donated $12,000 to a local school to renovate their deck just in time for the new school year.
Abbotsford Flood Relief
In partnership with Mamas for Mamas and our wonderful customers we were able to collect and donate over 10 carloads of supplies to families directly affected by the catastrophic flooding in Abbotsford.
Surrey Christmas Bureaux
For the second year in a row we will be sponsoring multiple families for the holidays through the Surrey Christmas Bureaux to provide groceries, gifts, toys, and gift cards just in time for Christmas.
Cloverdale Christas Bureaux
This holiday season through the Cloverdale Christmas Bureaux we are collecting non-perishable food items in our boutique for families in need.
Surrey Memorial Hospital Forensics Nursing Service Team
For the past year we have made donations to the forensic nursing service team sending bundles of clothing and blankets. Patients who are seen by the Forensic Nursing Program will often be asked to surrender their clothing for evidence. These donations allow the staff to provide patients with comfortable clothes to leave with. You can find out more information by visiting www.surreyhospitalsfoundation.com
Like any clothing business, over the years we have found ourselves with a small excess of fabric after our season is over. Not wanting this excess to go to waste we have committed to donating any excess fabric to local design schools, sewing workshops and highs school sewing classes.
Through our devoted team we have also been able to support and donate to a number of different churches and organizations to support our local communities as well as low income communities in Mexico, The Philippines, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
During the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic we made and donated over 3,000 non-medical fabric masks to local medical offices, hospitals, homeless shelters, midwiferies, coffee shops, law enforcement teams and more.
We could not have done this without our amazing, generous, giving, J&L community. Thank you, it is because of you we are able to make a difference.