Penticton today: Stories to pull at your heartstrings

Hampers handed out to 900 people, two men being hailed as hero's for saving dog in icy lake and Penticton Vees back in action tonight.

Good morning, Penticton.

A mix of sun and cloud today with a 30 per cent chance of flurries. Tonight, partly cloudy and 30 per cent chance of flurries overnight. Expect a high of -9 C and a low of -13 C. Check the weekend forecast here.

In the line up outside the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre Thursday morning there were plenty of smiles, the sound of laughter and the occasional hug as the less fortunate waited for the annual hamper distribution to begin. See more: Video-Christmas comes early for those who need it most.

The Penticton and District Society for Community Living (PDSCL) is hoping to make the dream of a bike under the Christmas tree come true for Penticton kids with a 50 per cent off sale at their bike shop at 180 Industrial Ave. W. for one day on Friday, Dec. 16. Watch: Bike sale helps Christmas dreams come true.

If this doesn’t pull at your heartstrings, I don’t know what will. Two Lake Country men are being hailed as heroes after they jumped into action to the save the life of a drowning dog in icy Wood Lake. Watch: Lucky pooch’s icy rescue

The provincial government has offered a financial lifeline to first-time home buyers to meet the mortgage down payment requirement for a home to a maximum value of $750,000. Read more: First-time homebuyers get break from B.C. government

Looking for concert and events listings? Check out our TGIF calendar here.

The Penticton Vees have their final game before the Christmas break tonight at the South Okanagan Events Centre versus the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. Check our website or Facebook page this afternoon to see sports editor Emanuel Sequeira break down the match up.

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