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Rose’s Angels help make Richmond special

By Don Fennell

Published 10:47 PDT, Fri March 26, 2021

Last Updated: 11:03 PDT, Fri March 26, 2021

Courtney Cohen started Rose’s Angels in 2013 as a way of honouring her grandmothers.

Rose Lewin and Babs Cohen not only understood the importance of community, they lived it. It’s a gift Cohen has inherited, extending a helping hand each February to those who can use it.

Under the auspices of the Kehila Society of Richmond, Cohen and family friend Lynne Fader first came together to discuss how best to honour Cohen’s grandmothers, whose philanthropic efforts were exemplary. Each February, for the past eight years, Rose’s Angels has donated more than 6,000 care packages to not-for-profit organizations in the city.

The legacy carried forward with this year’s event, although it looked very different.

“With COVID impacting not for profits around the city, we felt that it was essential to push forward and fundraise for donation items and monetary gifts for our recipient agencies,” said Cohen. “Gift cards, slippers, non-perishables, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products were amongst the generous donations we received from our incredible community.”

Cohen said through adaptation and innovation, this year’s event enabled volunteers to still play an integral role.

“Volunteers assisted with pick up and delivery of the bulk donation items to our recipient agencies and are an essential part of Rose's Angels,” she said. “We truly appreciate their support and dedication year after year."

Rose’s Angels donated to 12 not-for-profit agencies servicing those most vulnerable, among them:

• Turning Point Recovery Society

• Richmond Family Place

• Light of Shabbat (Chabad of Richmond) 

• Tikvah Housing

• Richmond Food Bank

• Pathways Clubhouse

• Nova House (Chimo Community Services)

"Although we were unable to host our large community care package event in person this February, our community came together in another wonderful way. Donors donated generously and this allowed us to purchase specific items that were both needed and wanted by our recipient agencies,” Cohen said. "Many events were put on pause this year, and I felt that it was imperative to move forward with Rose's Angels and modify it to serve those who need the assistance now more than ever. Knowing that our donations make an impact on those in our community makes this all worthwhile. We look forward to 2022, when we can have our amazing volunteers together again to safely package the Rose’s Angels care packages."

To learn more about Rose's Angels, or to make a donation, contact Cohen or Fader at The Kehila Society of Richmond at 604-241-9270 or by visiting 

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