Holy Cow it’s a coupon book

The Holy Cow Coupon Books will soon be available again, featuring many great deals from local businesses.

The Pentecostal Christian Life Assembly Church in Barriere has been gathering coupons over the last few months to put this booklet together.

“Last year we raised over $2,100 to help support positive opportunities for youth in this area to attend camps and conventions,” said Dan Sweetnam, who has been organizing the compilation of the coupon book, “We sold a total of 131 coupon books [in 2010].”

He noted that almost all of the money raised goes to the youth.

“We volunteer all of our time with the preparation and promotion of the coupon book,” Sweetnam explained, “The only expense comes from the design and printing of the books done by Media Esteem, which also volunteers part of their time for the extensive work done. Several businesses have also chosen to purchase ad space, which helps reduce the expenses.”

This year the funds will be used to support local youth attending the Christian Interdenominational Youth Conference held in Abbotsford, B.C., on May 20-22, 2011, as well as three camps: The Faith Mission Bible Camp in Falkland, B.C, The Clearwater Bible Camp in Clearwater, and Camp Kawkawa in Hope, B.C.

The Convention is called “History Makers – Call to Stand”, Their Mission is “to inspire, empower and challenge youth and young adults to make a stand, step up, step out, make a difference and become history-makers”. The convention encourages and inspires the youth to strive for more and better things for their life.

The three camps this year range in price, and all are held during various months throughout the summer.

At this point, 20 local youth and five adults are planning on going to the convention in May, and many of them want to go to camp as well.

In the past, 12 to18 kids and teens have attended the summer camp each year. The camps are open to ages seven and up, whereas the convention is mainly for teens. There are many teens that wouldn’t be able to attend the convention and camps without these fund-raising efforts and donations.

Anyone who would like to support this ministry are also welcome to simply make a donation if they are not interested in the coupon book.

Holy Cow Coupon Books will be available by Friday, April 1, at the same price as last year: $20 per book.  They will be available at Sweetnam’s Store next to the Liquor Store in Barriere, and youth will also be selling the books door-to-door throughout that weekend.