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Local business fundraising for winter survival kits for homeless

'Kin Kits' for those in need

Zara Kinash was driving down South Main Street in Penticton recently when she saw a woman her age sleeping on a bed of small jagged rocks on the side of the road.

Cars zoomed past the woman as if she weren’t even there, and Zara might have done the same—she had her toddler with her and a trunk full of groceries to get in the fridge—until something tugged at her heart and told her to stop. 

“I was feeling both absolute gratitude for all that I have and utter helplessness for this young woman,” Zara says.

She decided to turn around a block later and parked as close to the woman as she could. Since there was a fence separating them, Zara simply threw a bag of food and drinks over to the woman. The woman awoke with a start and immediately said in the most genuine voice, ‘Thank you,’ Zara says.

Shortly after Zara and her husband Taras were discussing how they could give back to the community this winter when the idea of the KIN KIT was born.

Taras, Zara and their two children, who are known as the KIN Family, own and operate Kinash Real Estate Group in Penticton, and they are currently in the midst of a drive to create 100 KIN KITs, which are winter survival kits for those in need.

More information on how to get involved in this campaign can be found on Okanagan Edge. The fundraiser runs through to Nov. 7.



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