Plushies have taken over the Williams Lake RBC Royal Bank.
Employees at the banking institute launched a toy drive this week collecting stuffed animals for the Williams Lake RCMP Victim Services.
“Myself and a colleague, Ashley, were having a conversation that we had quite a bit in the terms of excess of our stuffed animal collection for our children,” said Commercial Account Manager, Lyndsey Carter.
“We were kind of just going back and forth you know what do we do with these; there has got to be somewhere we can give them that could make use of them. I then reached out to Dave Dickson to see if the Williams Lake RCMP Victim Services would be an option and he was very happy to oblige.”
Since starting Monday, Carter said she expects to see much more in terms of growth because she has received a lot of messages and a lot of people that are in the same boat as them.
“To be honest I was really surprised with the outpouring of community support so far,” she said.
“I wasn’t expecting as many to come in and as many as responses, but it turns out there’s a lot of people that have a lot extra stuffed animals to give so I think it’s going to be really good for all of the organizations in the community.”
Carter adds it was not difficult to get her employer on board with the idea.
“At RBC it’s important to us that as employees and ambassadors to translate our brand propose which is helping clients thrive and communities prosper, and how we do that is community involvement and social impact,” she said.
“When I brought it forward to RBC, they were really excited about the idea and they always support when we’re contributing to the community in any way.”
Plushies that are clean and in good condition can be dropped off at the Bank until the end of the month.