Penticton chapter of Urban Bulldogs help fill the gap

The Urban Bulldogs Against Kids Abuse holding fundraiser to help fill the gap for those in need after the holidays.

Generosity abounds during the Christmas season, but the time after the holidays can be tough for those in need when there are no more Christmas hampers left.

The Urban Bulldogs Against Kids Abuse (UBAKA) are hoping to fill that gap this year, slightly changing the timing of their yearly fundraiser.

“Right in between the Christmas season where the hampers from the Salvation Army and that have already gone out,” said Ed Stacey, national president for UBAKA. “It is a very hard time for a lot of people just in general.”

Boxes with the UBAKA logo can be found at various locations throughout Penticton including Husky gas stations and Smartshopper to collect non-perishable food items. Some private companies are hosting boxes for their employees as well.

A street pastor works with the Urban Bulldogs to find out which individuals and families to support.

“He deals with a lot of people on the street and the families that don’t have, so we get information from him on the families to help out,” said Stacey.

“Unfortunately at this time of the year a lot of people tend to use the generosity of others for their own personal gains,” Stacey said.

The fundraiser is entering its second year and the Bulldogs are also looking for personal hygiene products, clothing, specifically jackets and socks.

“Socks is a major issue,” Stacey said, noting that many living on the streets are always in dire need of dry socks.

A gathering will take place sometime in January to distribute the much needed items, and items in the boxes will be collected throughout the Christmas season as well. Last year the Urban Bulldogs helped 87 individuals and five families with the donations.

Those looking to drop off donations like clothing and personal hygiene products that may not fit in the boxes can contact the Urban Bulldogs via email at ubakacanada.nh@outlook.com or call Ed Stacey at 250-488-4765.

 

Just Posted

Penticton city council gives itself pay raise

Decision was based on recommendation by an external task force that reviewed council’s remuneration

City to review plans for lake-to-lake cycling route in August

Council heard an update on the process to identify a route at the meeting on June 18

MPs hear retired Penticton nurse’s petition to change compensation for fatal medical errors

Teri McGrath wants provinces to implement no-fault system for medical errors

Breaking bread for the final time at Penticton’s Walla Bakery

Beloved baker Ben Manea died suddenly on June 15, bakery to operate for one final week

Oliver man sentenced to 18 months for two firearm offences

Waylon Faulhafer prohibited from possessing a firearm for life and issued DNA order

Murray McLauchlan delights Okanagan crowd

Canadian music icon puts on wonderful two-hour show at Performing Arts Centre

Smoke is reported on Rose Valley Rd. in West Kelowna

West Kelowna Fire Chief says first two grass fires Tuesday were human caused

Life’s work of talented Shuswap sculptor leads to leukemia

Former Salmon Arm resident warns of dangers of chemical contact

Shuswap car dealership seeks return of unique stolen Jeep

The red 1989 four-by-four was taken from Salmon Arm GM’s lot early Monday morning.

College investigates Okanagan physiotherapist

Stephen Witvoet’s matters are currently before the courts

Horgan says he’ll still defend B.C. coast after second Trans Mountain approval

Meanwhile, one B.C. First Nation has announced plans for a legal challenge

Demonstrators on either side of Trans Mountain debate clash in Vancouver

Crowd heard from member of Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51% of expansion project

Grieving B.C. mom hopes Facebook message leads to new investigation into son’s Surrey homicide

Criminal Justice Branch didn’t lay charges, concluding no substantial likelihood of murder or manslaughter conviction

Okanagan library branch back in business after Monday closure

Discovery of unknown powdery substance in Vernon book return prompts evacuation, closure

Most Read