The 20th annual, Christmas in July—A Season to Share fundraising campaign for the Kelowna Community Food Bank raised $123,000 in food and cash donations.
“Although we did not reach our overall goal, the community heard our message and opened their hearts,” said Vonnie Lavers, executive director of the food bank.
Christmas in July serves two important purposes, noted Lavers.
First, it helps to remind the community that the spirit of Christmas should be year round.
Second, as their major summer campaign, Christmas in July is critical for maintaining food bank inventory through the fall season.
“Donations are the lifeblood of our organization, directly supporting the most vulnerable in our community,” Lavers said.
“There is nothing typical about Food Bank recipients. They are families and single people, fixed-income seniors and students, people with and without disabilities, homeowners and renters.”
Though a large number rely on income benefits, Lavers says that more and more recipients are working people who cannot make ends meet.