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

Penticton bellydancer makes impression on dance show judges

Celine Blais won’t know until the end of March if she made it on dance show, but signs look good

OneWorld: a multicultural celebration of diversity

Fifth annual event showcasing the cultural diversity of the South Okanagan

NHL official from Penticton celebrates milestone

Shane Heyer will officiate his 2,000th NHL game on Feb. 25

A taste of the Olympics

Nearly 300 students at Uplands Elementary School took part in their own Olympics

Okanagan Falls pot shop proposal causes concern

Concerns rising in rural areas about marijuana stores

President praises nearly 1,800 volunteers at B.C. Games

Ashley Wadhwani sits down with the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games President Niki Remesz

The way government learn someone has died is getting a digital overhaul

Governments in Canada turned to private consultants 2 years ago to offer blueprint

Bobsleigh team misses Olympic medal finish

Canadian team finishes four-man event 0.84 seconds behind first place, 0.31 seconds from podium

A most delicious competition at the Mall at Piccadilly

Salmon Arm hosts the Best of the Shuswap Pie Baking Contest

B.C. Games: Athletes talk Team Canada at PyeongChang 2018

From Andi Naudie to Evan McEachran there’s an Olympian for every athlete to look up to

Snowboarders sliding into fresh territory at B.C. Games

Athletes hit the slopes for first appearance as an event at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Looking back at the 1979 B.C. Games: Good memories, even better jackets

39 years later, Kamloops is hosting the Winter Games again, with some volunteers returning

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Most Read