Angels helping agencies

Invis volunteers deliver goods to Salvation Army and Vernon Women's Transition House through Angels in the Night program

Some Vernon angels bearing gifts will be paying visits to the Salvation Army and Vernon Women’s Transition House Tuesday.

Volunteers from Invis, a local mortgage broker firm, will be taking new items to the agencies as part of the Angels in the Night volunteer program, now in its 10th year.

“We do two deliveries every year and this year we have just more than $4,000 in merchandise,” said Dawn Stephanishin with Invis Vernon.

“We’ve bought brand new clothing, gloves and mitts, things like that, as well as hygienic stuff. We’re trying to provide warm clothing to people that would go without.”

Tuesday’s deliveries will mark a year’s worth of fundraising efforts in support of the Salvation Army by Angels in the Night.

Since 2002, the program has raised more than $1.6 million.

The volunteers locally work with homeless shelters in the community to find out what they need most, then purchase the new items and distribute them on a single night.

“Earlier this year, the Salvation Army gave us a wish list and one of the things they asked us for was sterling silver water bottles,” said Stephanishin.

“It’s an item that people can hang onto, and use over and over again.”


Angels in the Night volunteers will give newly purchased supplies to more than 50 registered charitable community shelters across Canada.