Donation

Riley Conner poses with his new bike near Okanagan Lake on April 6. (Aaron Hemens - Capital News)

Paying it forward: Good Samaritan replaces Kelowna cyclist’s stolen bike

‘This was something good that came out of something bad’

 

Seven-year-old Rowan Walroth (right) donated just shy of $3,000 to a Vernon food bank in March 2021. (Contributed)

Vernon 7-year-old discovers locals are struggling, raises $3K for food bank

Rowan Walroth read a book about boys who dared to make a difference, and decided to become one

 

Armstrong Elementary School will soon receive a $100,000 legacy in its 100th year from former teacher Helen Sidney, who taught Grade 1 at the brick school for more than four decades. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star )

Armstrong school gets $100K boost from beloved teacher

Helen Sidney donating money in school’s 100th year; taught Grade 1 at brick school for more than 40 years

 

Bianca Amor, owner of Bianca Amors Liquidation Centre, makes generous contribution to United Way to help in the fight against COVID!

Local liquidation store says ‘Thank you!’ with $300,000 donation to United Way

Funds will be distributed to United Way offices throughout the West Coast!

  • Feb 15, 2021
Bianca Amor, owner of Bianca Amors Liquidation Centre, makes generous contribution to United Way to help in the fight against COVID!
Kindness meters were installed in downtown Vernon in 2016 to raise money for organizations that assist with those in need. (Morning Star file)

Dip in kindness meter donations boosted by Vernon councillor

COVID blamed for 80 per cent drop in support for orange sidewalk meters

Kindness meters were installed in downtown Vernon in 2016 to raise money for organizations that assist with those in need. (Morning Star file)
Members of BCEHS Station 343 in Lake Country receive a donation of treats and wine from the community in December. (Contributed)

‘Unexpected and heartwarming’: Okanagan community supports paramedics

Cards, discounts, treats, more given to Lake Country paramedics in sign of support

Members of BCEHS Station 343 in Lake Country receive a donation of treats and wine from the community in December. (Contributed)
North Okanagan Minor Hockey Association coach Rory Taber (left) accepts donations of new equipment for some local players from former NHL player Jason Podollan and his Up My Hockey brand, courtesy of Bauer Hockey. (Photo submitted)

Ex-NHLer sets up North Okanagan kids with new gear

Jason Podollan teams up with Bauer Hockey to help out some worthy families with new hockey equipment

North Okanagan Minor Hockey Association coach Rory Taber (left) accepts donations of new equipment for some local players from former NHL player Jason Podollan and his Up My Hockey brand, courtesy of Bauer Hockey. (Photo submitted)
The Lumby Food Bank has shared 20 helpful tips when donating to any food bank. (Melody Sanders Bosk - Facebook)

Lumby Food Bank shares helpful donation tips

On its Facebook page is a shared post offering up 20 helpful suggestions and ideas

The Lumby Food Bank has shared 20 helpful tips when donating to any food bank. (Melody Sanders Bosk - Facebook)
Cera Brown (left) from the Archway Society Women’s Transition House, Vernon LEO Advisor Carolynn Dufresne, past president of the Vernon LEO Club and current advisor Simon Dufresne, Vernon LEO Secretary Tessa Runka and Vernon LEO President Naomi Runka. (Contributed)

Vernon LEOs round up support for local non-profits

The volunteer teens earned funds for Archway Society, Teen Junction and the local food bank in 2020

Cera Brown (left) from the Archway Society Women’s Transition House, Vernon LEO Advisor Carolynn Dufresne, past president of the Vernon LEO Club and current advisor Simon Dufresne, Vernon LEO Secretary Tessa Runka and Vernon LEO President Naomi Runka. (Contributed)
City worker Wayne Morlock changes the lights at Salmon Arm City Hall. CUPE 1908 is donating funds to local non-profits. (File photo)

Shuswap-North Okanagan municipal workers donate to regional non-profits

Workers from CUPE 1908, with members in Salmon Arm, Enderby, Sicamous and the region, give $5,000

City worker Wayne Morlock changes the lights at Salmon Arm City Hall. CUPE 1908 is donating funds to local non-profits. (File photo)
The Salvation Army’s Jen Thompson and Jillian Penney are grateful for a donation of $3,500 from Tolko’s Ryan Scheidt and Sean Micks. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Final day to feed a record need in Vernon

Salvation Army bells are ringing at shops around town in order to fill the food bank shelves

The Salvation Army’s Jen Thompson and Jillian Penney are grateful for a donation of $3,500 from Tolko’s Ryan Scheidt and Sean Micks. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Vernon mobile hairstylist Deanna Gaudry (right) receives a donation of equipment from fellow hairstylists Blanca Crane of Blanca’s Hairstyling (from left), Cher Hinz of Cherz, Cyenthia Findlay of Styles on Mane and Karla Bruneau from Studio 568 (missing from photo) after her own equipment was stolen from her vehicle on the weekend of Dec. 12-13. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Vernon hairstylists clip together equipment to help peer

After mobile hairstylist was robbed of her work tools, four women band together to help

Vernon mobile hairstylist Deanna Gaudry (right) receives a donation of equipment from fellow hairstylists Blanca Crane of Blanca’s Hairstyling (from left), Cher Hinz of Cherz, Cyenthia Findlay of Styles on Mane and Karla Bruneau from Studio 568 (missing from photo) after her own equipment was stolen from her vehicle on the weekend of Dec. 12-13. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Armstrong school principals Denise Moore (from left, Len Wood Middle School), Corrinne Langston (Armstrong Elementary), Rob Ellis (Highland Park Elementary) and Chelsey Prince (Pleasant Valley Secondary School) received donations from local plumbers for school needs totalling $2,600. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

Plumbers drum up cash for Armstrong schools

Armstrong-Spallumcheen schools get $2,600 for needs, programs

Armstrong school principals Denise Moore (from left, Len Wood Middle School), Corrinne Langston (Armstrong Elementary), Rob Ellis (Highland Park Elementary) and Chelsey Prince (Pleasant Valley Secondary School) received donations from local plumbers for school needs totalling $2,600. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
Vernon Hyundai presented a cheque for $6,500 to KidSport Greater Vernon Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (Contributed)

Vernon Hyundai chips in support for kids to play sports

The dealership raised $6,500 help close to 100 Greater Vernon youths play organized sports

Vernon Hyundai presented a cheque for $6,500 to KidSport Greater Vernon Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020. (Contributed)
In lieu of the annual anniversary sale in October cancelled by COVID-19, Swan Lake Motors donated $3,000 to the Upper Room Mission, as voted by its Facebook friends and customers. Sid Skerrit, dealer principal, hands the donation to Upper Room Mission's director Naomi Rouck. (Contributed)

Vernon dealership backs Mission ahead of holiday season

Swan Lake Motors boosts local charity in lieu of anniversary sale

In lieu of the annual anniversary sale in October cancelled by COVID-19, Swan Lake Motors donated $3,000 to the Upper Room Mission, as voted by its Facebook friends and customers. Sid Skerrit, dealer principal, hands the donation to Upper Room Mission's director Naomi Rouck. (Contributed)
Robert Smithson of Smithson Employment Law Corporation presents a $10,000 donation to the Habitat for Humanity Okanagan’s Kelowna ReStore. (Contributed)

Habitat for Humanity’s Lake Country build gets $10,000 boost

“I couldn’t be more pleased to offer my support,” says Kelowna employment lawyer Robert Smithson

Robert Smithson of Smithson Employment Law Corporation presents a $10,000 donation to the Habitat for Humanity Okanagan’s Kelowna ReStore. (Contributed)
The North Okanagan Santa’s Anonymous Society is holding a toy-drop off in lieu of its annual motorcycle toy run during COVID-19. Toys can be brought to the society’s Vernon location on Sept. 13, 2020. (Stock photo)

Toys needed for underprivileged North Okanagan children

Annual Santa’s Anonymous Society toy run switches to drop-off format due to COVID-19

The North Okanagan Santa’s Anonymous Society is holding a toy-drop off in lieu of its annual motorcycle toy run during COVID-19. Toys can be brought to the society’s Vernon location on Sept. 13, 2020. (Stock photo)
Left to right: Tom Watkinson, (Kiwanis Club President), Firefighter Ryan McGiverin, Fire Chief David Lind, Firefighter Derek Kruysifix, Warren Cecchini (Kiwanis Club member), Firefighter Darren Cecchini. June 25, 2020. (Contributed)

Local club funds new rescue equipment for Vernon firefighters

Vernon Four Seasons Kiwanis Club donated more than $12,500 for new extrication tool

Left to right: Tom Watkinson, (Kiwanis Club President), Firefighter Ryan McGiverin, Fire Chief David Lind, Firefighter Derek Kruysifix, Warren Cecchini (Kiwanis Club member), Firefighter Darren Cecchini. June 25, 2020. (Contributed)
Vernon’s Jean Skobalski (left) presents a cheque just shy of $1,000 to Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank representatives Tracy (centre) and Tina on Friday, June 12. Skobalski raised the funds by giving away her sewing stash of fabric, notions and accessories by donation to her friends at the Silver Star Quilting Squares group. (Photo submitted)

Vernon senior boosts food bank coffers

Jean Skobalski raised nearly $1,000 thanks to donations from her quilting, sewing friends

Vernon’s Jean Skobalski (left) presents a cheque just shy of $1,000 to Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank representatives Tracy (centre) and Tina on Friday, June 12. Skobalski raised the funds by giving away her sewing stash of fabric, notions and accessories by donation to her friends at the Silver Star Quilting Squares group. (Photo submitted)
Jeremy Chow’s priority was taking care of his family, says a close friend. The Saanich man died on May 30 from acute myeloid leukemia. The Chow family fought for more than two years to find a stem cell donor for Jeremy, who was of mixed Asian and European genetics. (Facebook/Match4Jeremy)
Jeremy Chow’s priority was taking care of his family, says a close friend. The Saanich man died on May 30 from acute myeloid leukemia. The Chow family fought for more than two years to find a stem cell donor for Jeremy, who was of mixed Asian and European genetics. (Facebook/Match4Jeremy)