Candy Cane Lane collects 12,000 lbs of donations for non-profits

Donations were given to Freedom’s Door this week

Rutland’s famous Candy Cane Lane celebrated another successful year of collecting donations for non-profits around Kelowna.

Over the past eight years the annual fundraising event in Rutland, which sees around 70 houses decorated for the Christmas season in a candy cane shape along Collison Road, Gramiak Road and Mary Court, raised 57,000 pounds of food, worth more than $150,000, according to organizer Damjan Madjar in a news release.

This year, 12,000 lbs were raised which beat out last year’s record by 2,000 lbs.

This week, Madjar arrived at Freedom’s Door with a truckload of donated food. Freedom’s Door is an addiction recovery home for men which has operated in Kelowna for 16 years. Tom Smithwick, a volunteer director and mentor, as well as several residents of Freedom’s Door, met with Damjan to help unload the enormous quantity of food.

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“We want to express our great appreciation to this Rutland neighbourhood for their enormous generosity to all of Kelowna and to Freedom’s Door in particular. The donation of food is greatly appreciated as we rely so heavily on charitable donations in order to ensure that our recovery services are available in Kelowna for those who suffer from addiction issues,” said Smithwick.

The food that was provided will be enjoyed by the 58 men who live in the Freedom’s Door homes. Donations were also given to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter.

“The donations we received this year will support the women and children staying at the shelter for months to come and mean we can allocate some of the dollars that we would have been spent on groceries to other critical needs,” said shelter executive director Karen Mason.

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