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Craftsman Collision raises over $31,000 for the Canadian Red Cross BC Wildfire Appeal

Craftsman Collision, a Canadian MSO in the auto body repair industry since 1977, announced today that as part of its ongoing commitment to giving back, it has partnered with the Canadian Red Cross to support of the BC Wildfire Appeal campaign.

In mid August, a 2-week matching fundraising campaign was launched through Craftsman’s social media channels, media outlets in the Okanagan and Craftsman employees. The campaign raised $15, 833, with a very special thanks to Color Compass and BASF for kickstarting the campaign with a $10,000 donation. Craftsman Collision is matching dollar for dollar to help those directly impacted by the fires in the communities where Craftsman does business.

We are continuing to give back in the best way we can, while encouraging others to do the same.

“As a proud Canadian brand, Craftsman has been committed to supporting our local communities for more than four decades,” said Rick Hatswell, President. “In these unprecedented times, we are continuing to give back in the best way we can, while encouraging others to do the same. We were thrilled with the results of our matching campaign which raised a total of $31,266 for the Red Cross who have worked so tirelessly supporting British Columbians affected by the devastating wildfires this summer. Thank you to all our staff at our Craftsman Collision locations in Kamloops, Kelowna and Vernon for helping make this fundraiser such a success.”

There is still time to give. The Government of British Columbia will match every dollar donated to the Canadian Red Cross 2021 B.C. Fires appeal until December 31, 2021 up to $20 million. This means that every $1 donated will become $2 to support those affected by the wildfires. So donate today!

Craftsman Collision’s partnership with the Canadian Red Cross is one of many initiatives the Company has undertaken to support communities and organizations in Western Canada in the particularly challenging times of COVID-19 this year, including a $50,000 donation to Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, $15,000 sponsorship to the Salvation Army Hope in the City Breakfast, $10,000 sponsorship to the JDRF Rockin’ for Research Gala, $10,000 presenting sponsorship of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s 50/50 raffle plus many other local charities from hockey teams to school auctions to food banks.

Being philanthropic is a great opportunity to help foster a positive work environment

“Craftsman Collision over the years has given over 1.7 Million to charities big and small. We feel being philanthropic is a great opportunity to help foster a positive work environment for our team, where they can be proud to say they work for Craftsman and it creates strong personal connections with our customers while inspiring others to give to causes they are passionate about”, says Stacey Cook, Marketing Manager.

Photo (L to R): Allie Murchison-Maguire, Communications and Government Relations Advisor, Greg Kirkby, Manager (Craftsman Collision Kamloops), Tom Watters, Operations Manager (Thompson-Okanagan Region)

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Photo (L to R): Jolene Grigg, Manager (Craftsman Collision – Kelowna) and Del Horsley, Manager (Craftsman Collision – Rutland)

About

Established in 1977, Craftsman Collision is a family owned and operated Canadian MSO in the collision repair industry. We unite best in class repair methodology with leading edge technology to deliver unmistakable quality auto body repairs with uncompromising customer service. Starting from a little 8000 sq. ft. shop on West 8th Avenue and Cambie Street in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Craftsman Collision has grown to become a national brand. As of September 2021, we own and operate 38 Craftsman Collision locations from Victoria, British Columbia to Regina, Saskatchewan, as well as 3 luxury collision repair shops; Distinctive Auto Works with 2 locations in Victoria, BC and Edmonton, AB and MB Autoworks with 1 location in Calgary, AB.