The lunchtime crowd at the Upper Room Mission was treated to some extra Christmas cheer today thanks to Vernon-raised recording artist Andrew Allen and students and friends of Kala Star Academics and Outdoor School.
Allen performed some holiday favourites, including his Top 10 hit I Wanna Be Your Christmas, while Kala Star delivered “sockings” (socks filled with oranges, hygiene products, and an inspirational message) to the mission’s clients.
“The students came up with the idea last year and decided to do it again this year,” said Kala Star owner and instructor Brad Swanson. “They have amazing ideas, so we facilitate it and they run with it.”
Glen Williams, who could be seen singing along with Allen, said he appreciated the students’ thoughtfulness and generosity.
“It’s a great spiritual way to spread a feeling of community,” he said. “I know my friends and I appreciate what (the students) are doing. I give thanks to the community of Vernon.”