United Way of Southern Interior B.C. hosted its first distribution centre in Kelowna. The organization distributed PPE to local charities. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)

United Way provides PPE to Okanagan charities

The organization hosted their Day of Caring at Kelowna’s Ramada

Okanagan charities providing non-medical essential services will now be able to do so safely.

The United Way Southern Interior B.C. hosted its Day of Caring at Kelowna’s Ramada on May 13, where the organization distributed packages filled with hand sanitizer, protective masks, as well as some feminine hygiene products to local agencies.

Executive director Kahir Lalji said from what they’ve heard from around the valley, those items were the hardest for charities to find.

He said the distribution day in Kelowna was the first to be held, but there are more to come.

“There will be more distribution centres for PPE throughout the South, Central and North Okanagan communities,” he said.

“We’re looking to mobilize distribution centres throughout the Okanagan based on need.”

Lalji added that distributing PPE is one of the ways the organization has had to adapt to meet the emerging needs of agencies during the pandemic.

The items were donated to United Way from other organizations throughout the region and it’s this unity, that Lalji said, should be recognized.

“The sector has taken an incredible leadership in collectively coming together to meet the emerging and imminent needs of those who are most vulnerable,” he said.

“If there’s a silver lining to all of this, it’s that people have come together to give so generously of their time and their knowledge during this time of need. Perhaps this is a legacy that we can build on as we navigate this time together.”

The Ramada’s director of sales and marketing and city councillor Maxine DeHart said they were very excited to partner with United Way for the day.

“We’re happy to partner with them now as we have done for over 20 years in the past,” she said.

“When they came to us and said this is what they wanted to do, we were on board right away. So what we’ve done is given them the premises… we’ve been keeping our distance and wearing our masks, and we’re doing it in a very responsible way. As you see, we have a huge ballroom and a huge parking lot.”

READ: City of West Kelowna to resume public hearings

READ: Interior Health begins planning for reopening of gyms and fitness centres


Twila Amato
Video journalist, Black Press Okanagan
Email me at twila.amato@blackpress.ca
Follow me on Twitter

Want to support local journalism during the pandemic? Make a donation here.

Coronavirus

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Liberals push NDP for fall school reopening plan

Local Liberal MLA says NDP government committed to plan being unveiled before Aug. 4

Okanagan and Shuswap MPs want federal funds to help stop invasive species

Concerns raised that spending favours Eastern Canada.

YMCA of Okanagan summer camps start up

Registration for July is now open

Summerland Ornamental Gardens remain closed

Staff and volunteers continue to weed and maintain plants

Lake Country traffic bottleneck solution still lacks funding

No money committed yet but province will unveil solution options for Highway 97- Beaver Lake Road-Glenmore Road intersection this fall

Horgan says B.C. restart making gains as more people come out of their homes

B.C. announced the easing of more restrictions on businesses, recreation and travel last month

Dog locks out Kelowna couple on 4th floor patio

Kelowna firefighters were called in to rescue the two people

B.C.’s COVID-19 job recovery led by tourism, finance minister says

Okanagan a bright spot for in-province visitor economy

Shuswap resident calls RCMP about vehicle with U.S. licence plates

Police summoned on July 4 regarding car parked with California plates

Homeowners arrive in North Shuswap to find thieves busy breaking in

Chase RCMP request assistance from public in tracking down suspects

Ryga Arts Festival to include virtual and in-person events

Arts festival in Summerland will run from Aug. 15 to 23

National Kitten Day aka the ‘purrfect’ day to foster a new friend

July 10 marks National Kitten Day, a special day to celebrate all things kittens

YouTubers claim to be Kelowna display toilet ‘poopers’

RCMP can not speak to legitimacy of video, will be investigating

Haida matriarchs occupy ancient villages as fishing lodges reopen to visitors

‘Daughters of the rivers’ say occupation follows two fishing lodges reopening without Haida consent

Most Read