Cover with Kindness taking blanket approach

The seventh annual Cover With Kindness drive in Penticton is doing things slightly different this year.

Left to right

The seventh annual Cover With Kindness drive is doing things slightly different this year.

Last year the drive helped out around 300 people in need.

“I kind of thought wouldn’t it be a wonderful thing if we could spread that to some of our smaller communities,” event organizer Greg Litwin said.

Read more: Poverty an unseen issue in Penticton

He approached local real estate companies to get involved, who Litwin noted have access to those who are moving and may want to get rid of unwanted items that could be better used elsewhere.

“I’m happy to say that thus far I have three real estate companies on board,” Litwin said.

In previous years the drop-off point was Litwin’s downtown Penticton office, at 699 Main St. Penticton. Now with Royal LePage, RE/MAX and Chamberlain Property Group on board, all of their offices throughout the valley act as drop-off points as well.

Holy Cross School had Grade 7 students pitch in this year as well.

“It’s really heartwarming when you see these little kids bringing in bags of clothing,” Litwin said.

Cover with Kindness is helping out the homeless and those in need by collecting cold-weather items (sleeping bags, blankets, coats, mitts, toques and in high demand are socks). In need can mean more than living on the streets.

“This will assist these folks in terms of updating their winter wear, so keeping them warm. A lot of folks are not just on the streets, but sometimes they rent apartments and it’s pretty chilly in there,” Litwin said. “Because of the cost of utilities these days, sometimes they can’t afford these utilities so they’ve got it cranked down. So it’s not just for the outside, it’s for the inside as well.”

Litwin said socks and long underwear are always in high demand.

“But anything will do. Anything that’s going to keep the cold off them. Blankets, winter jackets, sleeping bags for some because they will be out on the streets some of these people,” Litwin said.

Read more: Cold weather shelter turns into council debate

Any items left over are donated to the local men’s shelter.

“Nothing goes to waste and it’s always given away free. There is no charge, so hopefully it gives them a few bucks to spend on something like food, good food,” Litwin said.

Toiletries, toothpaste, toothbrushes and generally hygiene products are also sought after.

Litwin started the Cover With Kindness drive seven years ago with his wife. While working on the coast, he saw a blanket drive in the downtown East side of Vancouver.

“I thought, wow, what a great idea, so I came back here and went to just buy the folks a couple blankets,” Litwin said. “We thought we’re just going to start something and try and approach our community and see if they can gift a lot of those things to those in need. There are so many people who have unused coats, blankets, sleeping bags in their closet that they haven’t used for years and years.”

The Cover With Kindness event takes place in the hall at St. Saviour’s Church on Dec. 19 and 20. Donations are able to be collected up until Dec. 16.

For more information, call Litwin’s office at 250-770-8888.


Just Posted

PenTalkton aims to start conversations

What ideas should shape the future of Penticton?

Modular construction plant rebounds to 50 employees

That’s more employees than before Britco slashed operations this year and they say they’ll expand more

Annett finishes season on the podium at Ironman Arizona

Penticton triathlete sets new course record on the bike

Freezing rain expected on the Coquihalla

Wet weather expected to cause issues on B.C. highways

McIvor left a legacy of community building

Former Penticton librarian, city councillor and school trustee dies at home.

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

LGBTQ advocates want military, RCMP to take part in apology

“These are all the organizations that perpetrated past discrimination against the LGBTQ community.”

Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman

An auditor has found that Canadians are getting bad advice from the taxman, when they can get through

B.C. mining company stakes claim in Australia

Copper Mountain is set to purchase Cloncurry Copper Project in a $93-million deal.

Serious home invasion reported in Kamloops

Two people are in hospital with serious injuries following a home invasion

Cash donations create purchasing power

Salvation Army and food banks stretch a donated dollar a long way

ICBC overbilling for crash repairs not the problem, dealers say

Collision repair shops reject union claim of inflated costs

B.C. groups to address child sex abuse in sports

viaSport is organizing a full day of education in association with Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Report sets exercise guidelines for young kids, including ‘tummy time’ for babies

Kids aged one to four should get at least three hours of physical activity throughout the day

Most Read