Scents make sense in season of giving
Get soothing aromatherapy oils and donate to the Empty Stocking Fund at the same time
Absolute Spa is continuing a Christmas custom this year by donating all proceeds from the sale of two essential oils in festive decoration-style packaging to the Empty Stocking Fund.
So anyone purchasing them for themselves can choose to give AND receive — or if as a gift, double the giving.
“It’s a tradition,” said Absolute Spa Group president Judy Adams. “Our association with the Empty Stocking Fund has become an annual tradition and we’re thrilled to be part of celebrating 100 years.”
The oils are available at the headquarters of the spa chain, owned by Wendy Lisogar-Cocchia and Sergio Cocchia, at the Century Plaza Hotel in downtown Vancouver, and its other spas and retail outlets.
One hundred per cent of the $15 cost is donated to the Empty Stocking Fund, and the sales boost the fund by about $15,000 each year.
For more than 10 years Absolute Spa has been donating proceeds from one specially selected product each year to the fund, which supports several local charities that directly provide help to needy families.
“It’s about giving back,” she said. “In the 21 years since the Absolute Spa opened, there’s been a culture of giving back. Wendy and Sergio have always been community supporters and philanthropists. We at Absolute Spa and the staff at Absolute Spa pride ourselves at continuing that tradition and those values of giving back to the community and helping others.”
The bottle of highly concentrated bath and shower oils is offered in two blends created by Aromatherapy Associates, Revive Morning or De-stress Muscle. Revive includes grapefruit peel, rosemary leaf and geranium flower oils, and De-stress has lavender, juniper fruit and pine leaf oils.
Customers who purchase a $100 gift certificate from the spa will receive the oil as a gift, and $15 will be sent to the fund, said Adams.
The oils or gift cards can be purchased in person or at absolutespa.com, until Dec. 24.
The funds raised thorough The Province’s Christmas appeal are administered through its partner, the United Way of Lower Mainland, and distributed by The Province to community organizations that provide programs to help the needy at Christmas.
The Province covers all administration costs for the Empty Stocking campaign and 100 per cent of funds raised are distributed to organizations.
There are four ways to donate to the Empty Stocking Fund: Online, at theprovince. com; by phone, at 1-800-8051185, 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 7 a.m. to noon on weekends; by mail, The Province Empty Stocking Fund, 4543 Canada Way, Burnaby, V5G 4T4; or in person at any participating Scotiabank branch in B.C.