Southern Interior United Way donates PPE to more than 50 Okanagan charities

United Way donates PPE

Victoria Femia

The Southern Interior United Way has organized a drive-thru pick up for organizations to collect personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer.

The PPE Day of Caring provided equipment to more than 50 charities in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon.

“Today, we are here to celebrate and offer some gifts to our donors and sponsors, and so we have 1,000 masks here in each box, giving out to 17 agencies today," said Peter Pogue, director with United Way.

“We want to thank our sponsors, Pushor Mitchell, Staples and The Prestige Inn, here in Vernon.”

The United Way SIBC received 50,000 masks as part of the “One Million Masks Partnership,” a United Way collaboration with Deloitte, TransLink, OEC, Vancouver International Airport, BC Ferries, BCAA, SCI and BC Transit that recently distributed one million non-medical masks to those who need them across the province.

There are 12 PPE recipients in the North Okanagan, including, the Literacy Society, People Place, Shuswap Children's Association, Whitevalley Community Resource Centre, and more.

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