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Letter: Women’s Shelter Thrift Store gets many helping hands

To the editor:

Thank you to all of the people/organizations/businesses that responded to our letter and offered to help. (Women’s Shelter Thrift Store Needs Generosity, Oct. 24 Capital News.)

We send out a big thank you to the 55+ hockey team from West Kelowna. They saved us a great deal of money on our move by their muscle power and generosity. Some of them also helped us with painting and other odd jobs in our new location.

Our request for flooring was answered by Dannburg Flooring. They gave us free flooring for three rooms that had no flooring. Kirk Chappell (Chappell Flooring) installed our flooring at no cost.

Duncan Robinson (West Bay Construction) built us a “pony wall” and ramps so we can be safe and accessible for our customers with physical handicaps.

Home Hardware supplied building materials at cost.

RONA donated baseboard moldings.

Bob, at the Gospel Mission, came with men (their labour paid for by our customer Tom) to do some much needed “grunt” work.

Terri Ann Novello, our realtor, worked hard to find us an appropriate space.

Colin Basran, a city councillor, recruited some key volunteers.

Ryan Smith and other City of Kelowna staff found ways to overcome our zoning quandary.

Last but not least, is our wonderful board members who do all they can to assist us in getting back on our feet.

I apologize to those that I did not acknowledge who deserve to be noted here. Thank you so much to all of you.

We are now open at our new location, #6 – 368 Industrial Ave. Many of our customers have had a difficult time finding us. We apologize to them but because of the cost of the move we have not been able to afford paid advertising.

Although we were blessed with some generous support, we were closed for almost a month. That means that we were not bringing in revenue for the shelter. We still have a “wish list” of needs that we cannot afford to tend to as yet. A plumber is needed, the floor in the main area will eventually have to be replaced, security issues dealt with, etc.

We were only in our location a short time when we had two large rocks thrown through a front window. Of course, that window replacement was an unfortunate expense. As you can see there is still work to be done and we welcome any kind of support you can give us.

We are grateful to live in such a wonderful caring community. Thanks to the generosity of many we will recover fully from this challenging experience.

Lynda McGowan,

Kelowna

 

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