From left to right: Ian Gerbrandt, Traci Ingbritsonʊ of PDCRS and Reanne Holden-Amadio of United Way CSO. Submitted photo

United Way delivers car seats to families in need

United Way CSO staff delivered car seats to the Penticton and District Community Resources Society

The United Way CSO staff delivered 10 car seats to families on limited incomes earlier this week.

“Some of the families we work with live on limited incomes and work really hard to make ends meet,” said Ian Gerbrandt, director of child, youth and family services at PDCRS. “It’s piece of mind knowing that their kids are safe in a brand new car seat. The convertible car seats grow with the kids and help stretch their dollars for other things that the family needs.”

United Way CSO staff delivered car seats to the Penticton and District Community Resources Society (PDCRS) on Tuesday as part of the Child Safety Initiative, a partnership between United Way CSO, Central Okanagan Foundation and KGH Foundation who joined forces again to purchase car seats at a discounted rate through corporate partner Costco Kelowna. Budget Car and Truck Rentals donated the cube van for the South Okanagan/Similkameen trip.

Eligible families in Penticton who can’t afford a car seat can apply for them at PDCRS. A total of 84 car seats will be distributed to agencies within the United Way CSO region. More info at: http://unitedwaycso.com/how-we-help/kids/child-safety-initiative/.

United Way also provides funding to PDCRS to support their family assistance program that provides subsidies to families for childcare and other supports. United Way and PDCRS also collaborate on other crucial community initiatives such as 100 Homes Penticton, the Emergency Transportation Assistance program, which provides free bus tickets for PDCRS clients.

The 2017 United Way fundraising campaign is well underway and needs your help to raise funds to meet the growing needs of the community. For more information about local investments or to donate, visit: unitedwaycso.com.

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