Christmas in July – Kelowna Information
Contributed – Jun 30, 2011 / 3:18 pm | Story: 62952
Photo: Contributed – Kelowna Community Food Bank
Christmas time isn’t the only season to give.
Kelowna Community Food Bank has kicked off their 20th annual Christmas in July campaign, titled ‘A Season to Share.’
The Food Bank’s Executive Director, Vonnie Lavers, says Christmas in July serves two purposes.
“First, it helps to remind our community that the spirit of Christmas should be year round. Helping our neighbours is not just a seasonal undertaking; giving is an everyday opportunity for those of us who are able to help. Second, as our major summer campaign, Christmas in July is critical for maintaining inventory. ”
Donations are typically slow during the summer months, but the demand still exists, putting a strain on Food Bank supplies.
“Our most needed items include pasta, side dishes, canned meats, canned fruits and vegetables. Our staff and volunteers can’t wait for Christmas in July to start. ”
Lavers says that 40 per cent of the Kelowna Food Bank recipients are babies, children and teens under the age of 16.
“Children suffer the most from the ill-effects of hunger. This year’s campaign will focus on their needs. ”
According to Lavers, subscribers can pay a monthly commitment of $35 to help eliminate child hunger in the Central Okanagan.
“All funds generated will help sustain and grow our children’s programs.”