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Support heartens party house mom

A resident of Kelowna's Mission area whose house was trashed by rampaging teens at a house party a week ago has not heard from anyone involved in the mayhem.

Katie Poppy says police counted 258 people when they emptied the home.

She says damage was estimated at about $25,000 while another $20,000 in items were either stolen or destroyed.

The house party was held Saturday night while Poppy and her boyfriend, Makal Mann were spending a romantic weekend at Big White.

Mann's 17-year-old son Andrew was asked to dog-sit for the weekend.

He had friends over on the Saturday night and posted details on Okanagan Mission Secondary Grad 2013 Facebook page.

While he did issue an apology through the media, Poppy says the teen has not said anything directly to her.

"I have not received an apology from him - not even a fake one. Nothing," says Poppy who acknowledges the incident is putting a strain on the relationship.

Poppy adds she has not heard from the school and only one past student involved.

"(I heard from) Just one kid who graduated last year who returned a shirt that was at Curlew Park and apologized. He gave us $20 and my boys some change."

While Poppy is disappointed with the reactions of those involved she is heartened by reaction from the community.

A couple who showed up at the house while Castanet was filming the story last week have been at the house almost every day helping in any way they can.

Castanet also forwarded several emails from people wanting to help.

  • LoadzaToyz in Orchard Park are providing gift cards to help replace toys belonging to Poppy's two sons destroyed by partiers.
  • Bin There Dump That is offering a large trash bin while others in the community have offered gift cards, care packages and any assistance the family needs.
  • Perkins Restaurant in the Ramada Hotel in Kelowna will be donating proceeds from every cup of coffee they sell this Thursday, January 31 to Poppy. People can also drop off items at the restaurant from 5:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. Thursday.

"It's overwhelming. I'm normally not a good person to ask for help or accepting things - but we need it. We can't overcome this ourselves. It means everything," says Poppy of the support from the community.

While she says it's frustrating for her, it's worse for her two young children who lost almost everything.

Poppy adds she thinks her boys will, in time, become better people because of this incident.

"I do think the kids, when they see or hear about something like this going on will probably be the ones that say 'Mom, remember when that happened to us,' and try to do something about it."

Anyone wishing to help can also email [email protected] and we will forward them directly to the family.

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