Pictured from left to right are: Jarrod Stocker of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, Karen Lafleche of Kelowna Home Depot, Kim Mandel of Kelowna Home Depot, Diane Entwistle of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, Erika Jarvis of Capri Insurance, Richelle Leckey of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, Debbie Boros of West Kelowna Home Depot, Bob Bissell of Kiwanis Kelowna Summit, and Tony Crescenzo of Kal Tire.

Home Depot raises thousands for Kelowna youth

Kelowna and West Kelowna Home Depot Stores raise $40,433 for Okanagan Boys and Girls clubs

Orange doors meant a nice donation for boys and girls clubs in Kelowna and West Kelowna.

The Home Depot stores in Kelowna and West Kelowna raised $40,433 for Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs through their Orange door Campaign.

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs will use the donations to support their Downtown and Westside Youth Centres. The Centres provide the basic needs and life skills to help youth to find safer, stable living arrangements, and make healthy decisions to aid in successful transition to adulthood.

Between June 1 and July 2, Home Depot customers supported the campaign by donating $2 in exchange for paper orange doors. All 182 Home Depot Canada stores took part and raised a record total of nearly $1.3 million for 121 youth shelters, drop-in centres and aid organizations across Canada.

Both the Kelowna and West Kelowna stores worked hard to raise awareness of the campaign. The West Kelowna store conducted a bottle drive and bake sale while the Kelowna store hosted a barbeque fundraiser and bake sale. Capri Insurance, Kal Tire, and the Kiwanis Kelowna Summit made substantial donations to the campaign. These donations helped the Kelowna store become a top store during the campaign.

The Home Depot Canada covers the campaign’s administrative costs and matches the donations raised at its top 10 stores. The Orange Door Project campaign was established by The Home Depot Canada Foundation to help prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada.

During the time of the campaign, the The Home Depot West Kelowna also planned a Team Depot Day renovation at the Westside Youth Centre. West Kelowna Assistant Manager Debbie Boros coordinated 20 volunteers from the West Kelowna, Kelowna, and Vernon Home Depot stores for the project. The Team Depot renovation is one of many that have taken place in the Okanagan.

“Local Home Depot staff teams work alongside our staff teams so youth in our community have the best chance at a great future,” said Diane Entwistle, CEO of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. “We are thankful for our partnership with the incredible teams at The Home Depot stores. “