Spreading the warmth

Chantelle Deacon

Hundreds of people were helped during Penticton’s eighth annual ‘Cover With Kindness’ blanket distribution this week.

Over the past two days, St. Saviours Church was filled with blankets and warm clothing, free for anyone who needed help staying warm through the winter.

The blankets were collected by downtown businesses over a number of weeks, organized by the Penticton Vees and Gregory Litwin's notary public office.

“Someone asked me yesterday if I was surprised by the outpouring of donations and kindness,” said volunteer Lisa Grey-Dreaper. “I’m always shocked but I’m not surprised because the people in the entire South Okanagan never cease to amaze me with their donations.”

Volunteers noticed an influx of people in need attending the blanket drive.

“We’ve seen a lot of new faces coming in and taking advantage of the ‘Cover With Kindness’ campaign,” Grey-Dreaper said. “It’s good to see but not so good to see. It shows that more people are in need.”  

Items left over from the two-day handout will be provided to other non-profits in the community.

“The quality of some of the things that are donated are amazing, so they leave feeling quite good about themselves in their new jacket, new tweed coat, faux fur or their leather."

Organizers of the campaign have expressed their thanks to supporters and volunteers.

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