Teresa Schmidt (left)

Backpacks filled with hope

Upper Room Mission Christmas backpacks collected by All Saints Anglican Church

A flood isn’t dampening the Christmas spirit.

A broken water main has closed Vernon’s Upper Room Mission but the collection of backpacks for clients will continue through All Saints Anglican Church.

“The backpacks are not only a much appreciated Christmas gift, but a tangible reminder that someone cares,” said Michael Robinson, with All Saints.

The backpacks will be distributed to those in need Dec. 20 during the weekly Saturday soup kitchen at the church.

Residents wanting to donate a backpack are urged to fill them with items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, a brush, soap, a face cloth, socks, a toque, gloves, a scarf, Kleenex, a pen and paper and even candy.

Label your backpack male or female and you can also include a Christmas card if you wish.

“They’re items that are important,” said Lisa Anderson, Upper Room Mission fundraising director.

“We take the items for granted but they’re a big deal for them (clients).”

The backpacks always prove popular with the recipients.

“This may be the only Christmas gift they receive,” said Anderson.

At least 150 backpacks will be needed to meet demand, and Anderson is confident the community will rally.

“People enjoy putting them together,” she said.

Anyone wanting to donate a backpack can drop it off at All Saints Anglican Church (3205 27th Ave.) Tuesday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. The last day for drop-off is Dec. 19.

Donations towards the cost of the Dec. 20 meal  are also being accepted and they can be dropped off at the church.

“Any talented and jolly musicians who are able to entertain at the lunch are asked to e-mail allsaintsvernon@telus.net,” said Robinson.

Support for the Upper Room Mission has also come from the Kala Star Academics and Outdoor School.

Students have been making stockings to give to  residents in need and they have been raising money so oranges and candy can be put in the stockings.

“They want to be sure each and every homeless adult and child in our community receive a special gift from the heart,” states the school’s Facebook page.



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

Just Posted

Okanagan flavour to BC Senior Men’s Curling final

Kelowna/Comox rink takes on defending champs from Duncan/Nanaimo

Vernon Vipers waiting on playoff foe

BCHL: Snakes won’t play Victoria, but will play either Wenatchee or Salmon Arm

Star Quebecois pianist to take the stage in Vernon

Charles Richard-Hamelin will play on Feb. 29, with opening act by local Grade 11 student

West Kelowna Warriors edge Vernon Vipers 6-4

The teams meet again on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 6 p.m. for the final game of regular season

North Okanagan Knights take on Kelowna Chiefs in playoff preview

The teams will square off for last game of regular season, Round 1 of KIJHL playoffs

Governor general says multiple solutions needed for ‘complicated’ overdose issue

Julie Payette met at a fire hall with firefighters and police officers as well as politicians and health experts

Kelowna RCMP make arrest in fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Elijah Beauregard

An 18-year-old woman is in police custody facing a manslughter charge.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

B.C. money laundering inquiry to begin amid hopes for answers, accountability

Eby argued that most B.C. residents already know the previous government, at best, turned a blind eye

Blockades remain in place as Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs returning to B.C.

Hereditary Chief Woos said they are ready to engage in nation-to-nation talks with the B.C.

Dale family was prominent in Summerland’s past

Ruth Dale taught for many years

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Zamboni driver, 42, earns NHL win over Maple Leafs

Emergency goalie called into action for Carolina Hurricanes

Landlord ordered to pay $11K after harassing B.C. mom to move days after giving birth

Germaine Valdez was pressured to move just a few days after giving birth by C-section to her child

Most Read