The Kaleden Fire Department is once again hosting its yard sale, raising funds for a number of charitable organizations and to support the department in purchasing equipment vital to keeping the community safe.
This annual event which attracts scores of people from communities throughout the South Okanagan is being held at the Kaleden Fire Hall, 303 Lakehill Rd. on May 12 from 8 a.m. to noon.
“It’s about creating a better service, social impact and giving to other charitable organizations,” said Sergej Sinicin, chairperson of the yard sale.
In the past years, the proceeds of the yard sale purchased rescue equipment, training aides for fire fighters, emergency signs and first response materials. A portion of the proceeds assisted local charitable organizations to further their good work in the community. These include the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation, Kaleden Community HUB food bank, Kaleden Bursary Fund, Penticton Safety Village and Muscular Distrophy Truck Pull. The department will be continuing its support to these organizations in 2018.
The public can donate by dropping items in boxes at the back of the fire hall located at 303 Lakehill Rd. in Kaleden or alternatively arrange a pick up, if within the Kaleden area, by leaving contact information and a detailed description of the item/s to be donated on 250-497-8231 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unacceptable items include TV sets, old electronics, mattresses, cribs, car seats and hazardous materials. The department avoids wastage by donating the unsold items to non-profit organizations who can re-sell them in their stores.
Sinicin is appealing to the communities to rally around this year’s yard sale.
“We want to make this our best yard sale ever and need everyone’s support to achieve this goal,” said Sinicin, who extends his heartfelt appreciation to the donors and volunteers who work tirelessly for the success of this fundraiser.
Sinicin added he is also grateful to the “committed cadre of fire fighters and first responders who put their hearts-in-gear at all times to serve the community.”