Penticton kid Shares the Love this holiday season

Ryker Kruck asked for food donations instead of presents for his sixth birthday

Ryker (left) and Peyton Kruck pose behind the food before it’s donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank. Ryker asked for food donations instead of toys for his 6th birthday on Nov. 23. Submitted Image

By Brennan Phillips

Special to the Western News

For most people, their birthday is a time for the spotlight to be on just themselves.

For Ryker Kruck, 6, it was an opportunity to give back to the community.

Kruck had been following the YouTube personality Stephen Sharer, and was inspired by him to try and make his birthday into something special.

Instead of toys, this year he asked for food donations instead.

“It’s amazing that a boy his age would ask for food donations,” said John Rankin, the family services supervisor at the Penticton Salvation Army Food Bank.

“It’s much appreciated, that he would not want presents, that he would want to gather food instead, to help the community. It’s really special.”

Ryker celebrated his sixth birthday on Nov. 23 with an afterschool party at his Okanagan Falls school gym. At his party, he collected the food, which he then sorted and prepared for donation at home.

A total of 91 pounds of food was raised and donated to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

Other parents and kids at the school have also been asking about Kruck’s generosity, and are thinking of incorporating the Share the Love idea into their own birthdays.

“Ryker is a very caring and loving boy, he always is concerned about the well being of his friends, family and complete strangers,” said his dad Jeff.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Penticton local looking to go pro in kickboxing in 2020

The sport will become officially legal in B.C. in just over two months

Vees fall to Vipers in overtime at the SOEC

Penticton takes on Nanaimo tonight in their double header home game weekend

Summerland holds multiple events to launch festive season

Festival of Lights, Light Up the Vines and Sip ’n’ Shop will be held in late November and December

South Okanagan zone championships Oct.21

The Princess Margaret Mustangs are headed to the south zone field hockey finals

Penticton Vees to host 2021 Centennial Cup

It’s the first time Penticton has hosted the tournament that decides the country’s Junior A champions

ELECTION 2019: It’s so close, it could come down to who turns out to vote

Black Press Media’s polling analyst on the origins of predictive seat modelling in Canada

Letter: Candidates and social issues

Reader feels only Cannings and NDP have plans for social issues

PET OF THE WEEK: Moose still needs a home

Critteraid cat wants a nice, quiet environment

Jack’s Devils beat Quinn’s Canucks 1-0 in NHL brother battle

New Jersey youngster scores first career goal against Vancouver

Two charged after owner’s wild ride through Kamloops in his stolen truck

Crystal Rae Dorrington, 37, and Derrick Ronald Pearson, 32, facing multiple charges

Judge orders credit union’s bank records for Kelowna social worker facing theft allegations

The man is accused of negligence, breach of contract, fraud and a conspiracy with Interior Savings

Leaders pour it on with rallies, boosts for candidates as campaign reaches peak

The federal election campaign has reached a crescendo

Allegations of racism lead to ministry investigation at Vancouver private school

St. George’s School was contacted over what the school describes as ‘deeply offensive behaviour online’

Not a political question: Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta

Edmonton police estimated the size of the crowd at about 4,000

Most Read