Bottle drive this Sunday in Chilliwack for Children’s Hospital

Heart surgery patient, Matthew Snow-Ross of Mission, is giving back to Children’s Hospital

Submitted photo Matthew Snow-Ross is holding a bottle drive to raise money for BC Children’s Hospital this Sunday at Real Canadian Superstore.

A young boy who has been giving back to BC Children’s Hospital for 10 years will be collecting bottles and cans this weekend to continue to raise money for the hospital.

Matthew Snow-Ross, 14, of Mission was born with a major heart defect. His blood was not circulating and he ended up having two open-heart surgeries by the time he was just 11 months old.

But despite his medical issues, he’s always had a positive attitude, even from a young age says his grandmother Delores Hiles of Chilliwack. At the age of three he’d happily hold out his arm when doctors had to take blood samples.

For his fifth birthday, Matthew insisted that his party guests make a donation to Children’s Hospital instead of giving him gifts. That tradition has continued every year since then.

“I am so proud. If you meet him you would never know his story,” says Hiles.

This year will be the second year Matthew is having a bottle drive for Children’s Hospital. Currently, he also has another bottle drive going in Mission where he’s raised “well over” $600 says his grandmother.

“I don’t know what it is about him. He has this great attitude about him,” she says. “I’m encouraged by the courage of a young boy. He is amazing.”

Matthew’s bottle drive for BC Children’s Hospital takes place this Sunday, May 28 in the parking lot of the Real Canadian Superstore on Luckakuck Way in Chilliwack. People can drop off their empties any time from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.