Pay it Forward giving drive helps support local community groups

Now in its sixth year, Okanagan College’s Pay it Forward campaign, a giving event aimed at helping local community organizations during the holiday season, began accepting donations at the Kelowna campus on Monday.

The campaign began six years ago after Okanagan College Kelowna business student Sarah Comba was motivated to make a difference in her community.

Inspired by a concept taken from Catherine Hyde’s book “Pay it Forward,” Comba partnered with the Okanagan College Alumni Association to build on the concept of promoting a chain-reaction of single acts of kindness.

Now an Okanagan College alumna, Comba continues to lead the winter campaign—along with the College’s Campus Recreation department—which aims to collect a variety of useful items, food and clothing for a range of non-profit organizations in Kelowna.

Donations of clean and gently used warm clothing for adults, children and infants as well as non-perishable food items are being accepted at the Kelowna campus until Dec. 8.

Cash and gift card/certificate donations are also accepted at the Campus Recreation office—A 105 located in the S Building at 1000 KLO Road between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the final day of the campaign, Dec. 8.

Charities and community organizations in Kelowna that will receive donations include  Kelowna Gospel Mission, Inn from the Cold, and Kelowna Food Bank.


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