For the second straight January, the Heat will combine with a deserving community partner and work to 'Heat' the plight of the needs of people experiencing homelessness in the community by sponsoring a clothing drive with Virgin Radio's B Mack and Karly in support of Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and Kelowna SHARE Society.
All this week, from January 7th – 11th, the "Bring the Heat" Clothing Drive in support of Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society and Kelowna SHARE Society will be collecting and accepting donations at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium – 3211 Athletics Court – during operating hours starting today (Jan. 7).
The drive will culminate during an exciting 'Bring the Heat" clothing drive volleyball doubleheader on Saturday night (Jan. 11) when the women and men's Heat volleyball teams host the University of Winnipeg Wesmen. First serve for the women's match will be at 4 p.m. with the men to start at 6 p.m., the match will feature pre and during match activities, events and giveaways with a clothing drive theme. If you can't make the Saturday matches, don't forget you have a chance to see donate and catch Canada West volleyball action on Friday night as well, starting at 6 p.m.
Acceptable Donations - Adult & Children's items (Gently used or new winter items only):
Jackets, Toques, Scarves, Mitts/gloves, Packaged underwear and socks, Snow pants, Snow pants, Hoodies/sweaters, Shirts, Pants, Boots, Shoes, Slippers, Blankets, Sleeping bags, Tents, Backpacks & bags
Supporting Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society Kelowna & District SHARE Society
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society’s Role:
KFS will take a primary role in the clothing drive. They are responsible for sorting, counting, and distributing the donated articles of clothing. They will also help coordinate volunteers for picking up the clothing from the designated drop-off locations.
The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society is a registered charity that was established in 1974. The Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society will provide for the mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being of all peoples through the development of community-based services, while encouraging the community to preserve, share and promote Aboriginal cultural distinctiveness.
SHARE is responsible for storing the clothing and taking in any excess clothing that KFS Outreach can’t distribute to the community. They have also generously donated storage bin, various articles of clothing, blankets, and sleeping bags to help support the cause.
SHARE is a nonprofit organization that is 100% dedicated to giving back to this wonderful city. Unlike many other thrift stores, the vast majority of the profits from the items sold in our store directly fund our in-house charitable programs. These carefully crafted SHARE initiatives predominantly aim to provide valuable and transferable employment skills to those who need it most or focus on providing aid at specific times of need for families in our community. They are also huge supporters of external programs that directly help Kelowna's citizens by committing to mutually-rewarding, long-term partnerships with over 26 other social agencies and programs in the area.