Bookstore gives part of proceeds to United Way

Thinking of buying books for holiday gifts?

If you do your shopping on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the UBC Bookstore, you can pick up some great presents and contribute to UBC's United Way campaign at the same time.

The first United Way Day at the Bookstore sees both a $300 donation plus an additional donation of a portion of Dec. 4 sales revenues going to UBC's United Way campaign.

"We're hoping this event helps to boost the campaign to its goal," says Vickie McLeod, marketing co-ordinator at the Bookstore. "If we get United Way donors and holiday shoppers both in the store that day, we should be able to make a significant contribution."

McLeod also hopes the event will encourage people to do more shopping at the Bookstore on Saturdays. In addition to literature, the Bookstore also sells clothing, quality pens and desk accessories, compact discs, journals, prints and gifts such as candleholders, scented soaps and decorative boxes. Holiday shoppers can also buy gift-wrap, ribbon and cards.

"The UBC community has been very generous," says Eilis Courtney, chair of this year's UBC campaign. "But it's important to remember that the campaign is not over -- donations are being accepted until Dec. 31. If people are doing holiday gift-buying anyway, shopping at the Bookstore is great way to support the campaign while you're at it."

The campaign has raised $235,718 so far.

Courtney reminds donors that the grand prize draw for two Canadian Airlines tickets to any of the carrier's destinations worldwide will be made on Dec. 10. Raffle tickets are available for $5 at the War Memorial Gym equipment dispensary or at UBC's United Way campaign office in the Ceremonies and Events Office.

For more information on the United Way campaign, call 604-822-8929 or visit the Web site at