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Stephanie Wagner, left, public relations coordinator with the Salvation Army’s Caring Place, picks up 511 items of warm clothing on Monday from Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association executive-director Ineke Boekhorst. The items were collected by local businesses during the second Turn Down The Heat event. - Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS
Stephanie Wagner, left, public relations coordinator with the Salvation Army’s Caring Place, picks up 511 items of warm clothing on Monday from Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association executive-director Ineke Boekhorst. The items were collected by local businesses during the second Turn Down The Heat event.
— image credit: Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS

More than 500 warm articles of clothing were collected for The Caring Place during the second annual Turn Down The Heat Week in Maple Ridge.

Donation boxes were located at 14 businesses throughout downtown.

The event took place between Feb. 1-8 in 21 downtown Business Improvement Area’s across the province. It is a collaboration between Fortis BC and the Business Improvement Areas of B.C.

Last year, the Downtown Maple Ridge BIA collected 150 pieces of clothing, contributing to the provincewide total of 5,000 items raised by 16 participating BIAs along with Fortis BC employees.

The goal of the event is to raise awareness about ways to reduce energy use like wearing a sweater instead of cranking up the heat or closing doors that are open. Fixing leaky taps and installing faucet aerators or shutting off the heat an hour before you leave your shop are other ways of saving energy.

The Maple Ridge Downtown BIA also encouraged businesses to turn down the heat at least one degree during the week to save energy.

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