Bottle drive at local Beer stores nets over $40,000 for Orillia hospital

The money is going to Soldiers' COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Fund

Orillia residents who sipped a few pops during the summer and donated their empties to The Beer Store’s bottle drive helped raise $42,133 to support Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital.

This contribution was part of a company-wide initiative by The Beer Store to raise money for local hospitals and food banks across the province. Funds collected locally will go to Soldiers’ COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness, with the purchase of supplies and equipment as the needs arise.

“The community got behind the idea and ran with it,” said John Jones, District Manager, The Beer Store. “The two Orillia stores managed to raise a significant amount – more than other communities with more locations – which certainly says a lot about the generosity of our Orillia customers.”

The Beer Store’s fundraising campaign ran from April to Labour Day and raised $2.3 million across Ontario.

“Early on, we started receiving phone calls from the public asking about the bottle drive,” said Kaitlyn St. Pierre, Development Officer of Annual Giving with the OSMH Foundation. “People were excited to be able to help out just by cleaning out their garage and donating their empty bottles. We’re so grateful to the Atherley Road and Old Muskoka Road stores for putting on this drive and to our community for responding in such a huge way.”