Merritt’s Jacob Shultz will be getting a boost in his quest to raise cash for the BC Children’s Hospital.

Encorp Pacific, a not-for-profit product stewardship corporation, offered to match the funds Jacob raises up to $1,000 after reading about his efforts in the local media.

“We do media monitoring for all of our locations,” said Sandy Sigmund, Encorp Vice President of Development and Chief Marketing Officer in an interview with the Herald. “The article showed up from your publication and we thought the story was very inspiring and we wanted to help.”

Last week Encorp contacted the Schultzes, who have been collecting recyclable bottles and cans to raise money for the hospital, and let them know of the company’s intention to match the funds.

Jacob’s father, Amery Shultz, said the family was very excited by the news.

“Jacob started out with a goal to raise $500, but the goal is much bigger now,” he said.

Seven-year-old Jacob is raising money for BCCH so the hospital can help other families like it has helped his. Jacob spent time in the hospital himself when he was younger and last year, his baby brother Daniel had open-heart surgery at four days old.

Amery said Jacob wants to be able to present a giant cheque to BCCH, but typically donors need to raise $2,500 to do so. With Encorp on board, Amery said the goal seems attainable.

Encorp’s core business is container management with a mandate to develop, manage and improve systems to recover used packaging. Sigmund said the corporation occasionally offers to help with fundraising campaign’s like Jacob’s.

“Sometimes we’ll help when it’s kids and they’ve gone above and beyond and when it’s something as genuine as this,” she said. “We’re happy to do it and we’re working the details out with the family.”

Community members wishing to donate Jacob’s cause can drop recyclables off at the George Hale Transfer Station and say its for the BC Children’s Hospital. Those unable to take bottles to the depot can phone Amery at 250-315-5632 and the family will pick them up.