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PARDS receives $730 donation for safety cleaning

Richmond Drycleaners is set to join the Peace Area Riding for the Disabled Society’s growing list of program sponsors after a $730 donation earlier this month.

PARDS Executive Director Jennifer Douglas says Richmond has been a long-time supporter of the riding society with cleaning and operational services.

“They decided to offer to keep all of our floormats clean, and keep everything safe covering up our wet floors heading into winter, so that’s significant, and it’s not something we had in our budget to do.”

Douglas says keeping the facility dry and ice/snow free is significant, as PARDS serves a diverse client base which includes individuals with mobility issues. She says the facility is almost completely reliant on donations from the community to ensure doors can stay open all year round.

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“GP Yardworks comes and does our snow removal all winter long, which is something that is important, especially not knowing how many snowfalls and whatnot is something that is really challenging to budget, so just knowing that it’s not a worry is a huge help.”

“Knowing that our parking lots are going to be safe, the people that we serve have mobility issues and significant challenges, so knowing that they can be safe coming from their vehicles into our facility is huge.”

Douglas adds that facility sponsorship is a way for companies to make a commitment and show support without taking a big hit out of their bottom line. PARDS currently accepts horse sponsorship, rider sponsorship, and horse/cash donations on their website.

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