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

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

Penticton 24/7 Convenience Store robbed at knife point

No injuries were reported following the Feb. 6 incident, police on lookout for knife-wielding bandit

Summerland school receives outdoor learning area

Facility under construction near creek at elementary school

Work has begun on Summerland Rotary school project in India

Summerland club working to improve conditions at dilapidated school building

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Crash closes highway between Vernon and Lumby

Traffic being routed around the scene

Level nightclub will be closing

Three cougar sightings in Central Okanagan

Two cougars have been reported in Lake Country

Vehicle located in 2018 Shuswap abduction attempt

Chase RCMP say car used has since been sold, suspect still at large

We like it! Readers support the shift in Family Day dates

Readers support the date switch, while Ski Resorts may not

Cougar ‘living’ next door to Okanagan elementary school

Conservation Office has been alerted and monitoring large cat

Dog dies in Kamloops RV fire

According to a fundraiser posted on social media, the cause of the fire was electrical

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

Most Read