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Another Chance to #WearTheBear

Published May 03, 2021

At this point in the pandemic, you've probably become something of a mask connoisseur. Chances are, you have a box of disposable masks readily available, so you can grab one for a quick trip to the grocery store, or when going for a walk in your neighbourhood.

We imagine, as well, that you've amassed a sizeable collection of cloth masks, purchased for health and safety, of course, but also for fashion. We're always impressed when somebody's mask complements their outfit. Call it the height of pandemic chic!

We're hoping that, as we inch closer towards to the light at the end of the tunnel, you'll find space in your wardrobe for one more mask.

This past holiday season, we launched the #WearTheBear campaign, selling face masks in support of the Richmond Christmas Fund. The masks, featuring the Christmas Fund's lovable bear mascot, sold out, and the money raised helped us brighten the holidays for nearly 3,000 of our neighbours in need.

Now, we're trying to replicate that success with a new campaign, aimed at supporting our programs and services through the final months of the pandemic. We remain incredibly busy, as we work to keep Richmond's most vulnerable residents - especially seniors - safe, healthy, and connected to their community.

This time, we're joined in the campaign by our friends and partners at Herbaland, Canada's Largest Nutritional Gummy Manufacturer. They, too, have a bear mascot, and, as everyone knows, two bears are better than one, so this edition of the mask features both the Christmas Fund and Herbaland mascots.
The masks, once again, are $20 each, with all proceeds benefitting RCRG. As an added bonus, with every order, Herbaland will be including a reusable lunch bag, a pen, and a full-size sour candy pouch!
#WearTheBear masks can be purchased online, while quantities last. Buy one to support your community, to keep yourself and others safe, or simply to add a stylish mask to your collection. (Black goes with everything, right?)
And this spring, #WearTheBear proudly, as a symbol that, through the pandemic and beyond, we'll always be in this together.