During these unprecedented times, people are looking for ways to have fun, maintain a sense of normalcy, and make a difference. The Tarry family of Surrey did just that when they set up the BC Stay-at-Home Campout.

Under their own steam, they set up this simple, fun, and meaningful event: families sign up to participate in a campout at home (either in their backyards, in their homes) to raise awareness about staying home for everyone’s safety right now, and donate a minimum of $5 as their “camping fee” to raise funds for our Emergency Response Fund.

Their original plan was to raise $1,000 and campout on April 25. They managed to get over 120 families across BC involved, get media attention, and nearly quadrupled their goal and raised $3,905!

Because of its success, they’ve decided to organize another at-home campout on Saturday, May 16 and we want you to get involved!

Make your “camping fee” donation on their fundraising page here. You can also check out and join their Facebook group to see photos from the last campout, and read messages from the organizers and us to all participants.

Cooper and Piper Tarry, of Surrey BC, with their very good dog.

Are you going to participate in the next BC Stay-at-Home Campout? Let us know! Tag us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, @bccdcfoundation, and use the hashtag #bcstayathomecampout to join the conversation. Happy camping!

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