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Eagles donate thousands to help youth in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

Local Eagles chapter made donation to PLEA’s Children of the Street program
From left: Dick Penner, aerie president, and Yvonne Blom, auxiliary president, with Aerie 2831, give the donation to Maura Fitzpatrick, fund development specialist with PLEA’s Children of the Street program. (Special to The News)

The local chapter of the Eagles in Maple Ridge just celebrated their 75th anniversary with a large donation to PLEA Community Services.

Aerie 2831 donated more than $3,500 to the Children of the Street program to support the delivery of workshops for local young people to learn how to keep safe from sexual exploitation.

Children of the Street works to prevent the sexual exploitation and human trafficking of children and youth across the province through educational programs, public awareness initiatives, and family support.

PLEA is a charitable organization that has operated throughout B.C. for more than four decades. The organization offers services to children, youth, adults, and families who are facing challenges in their lives with a full spectrum of programs that span child welfare, addictions, health, justice, and community living systems.

There are more than 240 PLEA employees in B.C., plus an additional 170 family caregivers, 100 respite workers, and 220 volunteers – who uphold PLEA’s vision, which is to help everyone have the opportunity for a good life and make sure everyone counts.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles is an organization that prides itself on helping people – in local communities, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Over the years, the Eagles have donated more than $20,000 to Children of the Street.

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