LCBO raises funds for Children's Aid Foundation

TORONTO, Feb. 23, 2017 /CNW/ - Starting February 26, the public can support the Children's Aid Foundation by making a donation at any of the more than 650 LCBO stores throughout Ontario. Donation boxes for Children's Aid Foundation will be displayed at LCBO checkout counters until March 31, 2017.

The Children's Aid Foundation is Canada's leading charity dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth in the child welfare system who have experienced abuse, neglect and/or abandonment. Donations at LCBO locations will support the Children's Aid Foundation's Teddy Bear Fund, to help create stability and long-lasting support for children in care in our community by addressing their most urgent needs. The Teddy Bear Fund supports healing and self-care programs and services such as counselling, dental care, school expenses and life skills programs.

"Donations made by LCBO customers will give at-risk kids across Ontario a chance to move beyond past traumas and strengthen their futures," says Valerie McMurtry, President and CEO, Children's Aid Foundation. "Thank you to LCBO customers and staff at stores across the province for helping our most vulnerable children realize their full potential."

"As a socially responsible community-minded retailer, LCBO is pleased to partner with Children's Aid Foundation and a variety of other worthy causes through the Giving Back In Our Community fundraising program," says LCBO President & CEO George Soleas. "Through the generosity of LCBO customers and the support of our staff, we help improve the lives of countless Ontarians and make a difference in communities across Ontario."

The Children's Aid Foundation is one of 28 provincial and numerous local charities that will benefit from LCBO's province-wide donation box program in 2017. In fiscal 2015-16, LCBO raised a total of more than $10.9 million for charities through in-store fundraising, special programs and initiatives. In addition, LCBO's annual dividend transfer to the Ontario government, which totaled $1.935 billion in fiscal year 2015-16 ending March 31, 2016, excluding taxes, supports a wide range of important government programs, services and priorities, including health care and education.

The Children's Aid Foundation thanks the public for its support when shopping at their local LCBO store from February 26 to March 31, 2017.

SOURCE Children's Aid Foundation

For further information: Media contacts: Lisa Lipkin, Lisa Lipkin Communications for Children's Aid Foundation, Tel: 416-988-4189; E-mail: lisa.lipkin@llpr.ca; Silvana Aceto, LCBO Senior Communications Consultant, Tel: 416-864-6792; E-mail: silvana.aceto@lcbo.com

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