A community of HeARTS

Auction to support food bank this month at local coffee shop

This month, Alexander’s Coffee Co. is hosting their annual Community of HeARTS fundraiser at the cafe.

Starting March 3 and running until March 16, nine Alexander’s staff members and more than a dozen artists from around the community will have their pieces on display and silent auction at the cafe on Beacon Avenue.

“Each artist donated a piece of original art to be auctioned through silent bidding,” explained Alexander’s owner Sandy Shams.

“We hang the work all over the shop, covering our walls with these lovely little pieces of work and start the bidding at $40 per piece. It’s a fantastic way to start collecting original art at a great price but also, to contribute something to the community.”

Shams noted that last year, the business raised over $3,000 through the event that they then donated to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation. In previous years, Alexander’s also helped raise money for the new playground at North Saanich Middle School, the Sidney Museum and Archives and the Via Choralis music society.

This year, they have chosen the Sidney Lions food bank.

“The food bank is an emergency food service which anybody could have to use if they find themselves in crisis,” said Shams, adding that throughout the two weeks of the fundraiser, the staff will also be campaigning for food donations at the coffee shop.