Christmas cheer a hit at Upper Room MIssion

The agency served 250 meals Christmas Eve and handed out the same number of backpacks

The holiday season was full of joy at Vernon’s Upper Room Mission.

Thanks to community support, the agency served 250 meals Christmas Eve and handed out the same number of backpacks to clients as gifts.

“We received about 375 backpacks from the community,” said Lisa Anderson, director of resource development.

“We have no men’s backpacks left, and roughly 40 female backpacks. We will use those throughout the year.”

Rob Ellis and Relish Transport put together the resources needed for the Christmas Eve dinner.

“We decorated the dining room and it was so beautiful. I’ve never seen it like that before,” said Anderson.

“Canadian Tire donated lights, so they were strung from the ceiling. Santa came and helped with the backpacks. It was a very special and magical Christmas Eve.”


Just Posted

Caravan Farm Theatre holds outlaw themed fundraiser

Caravan Farm Theatre hosts its western outlaw themed fundraiser, Hands Up! June 1

Marriage proposal on the big screen at Enderby drive-in

Kelowna man gets engaged in front of hundreds to Vernon sweetheart

Sharp-eyed boater catches South Okanagan road crumbling

A portion of Eastside Road, south of Penticton, appears to be crumbling into Skaha Lake

Vernon crash claims father

Family thanks emergency crews for assistance in traumatic incident

Vernon tattoo fundraiser draws record support

Lineup around the block for start and beginning of Five Fathoms Tattoo event for Children’s Hospital

VIDEO: It’s warming up across the Okanagan Valley

Grey skies are expected to fade and the sun looks like it’s here to stay

Woman in hospital after being thrown off horse

She was airlifted to Kelowna General Hospital from Okanagan Falls

Middle Eastern poetry comes to Vernon

The event is at the Caetani Centre on May 25

Okanagan art gallery releases their theme

Fine arts painting will be the point of focus for this year’s event

South Okanagan search and rescue help injured climber

Search and rescue called on the assistance of a helicopter to help retrieve an injured hiker

Vernon Gallery features four new exhibitions

Opening reception takes place at the Vernon Public Art Gallery from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., admission by donation

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Police watchdog investigating motorcycle crash in Kamloops

A Kamloops Mountie had stopped the driver for speeding, but they raced off from the 0fficer

Firefighters respond to bus fire on Highway 1

Smoke in coach bus reported to have been caused by overheating, driver and passengers safe

Most Read