Emergency Services crew members came to the kindergarten class of Kai McColl Thursday afternoon to thank him for his donation during their annual food drive. (Photo: Gary McLaughlin) Emergency Services crew members came to the kindergarten class of Kai McColl Thursday afternoon to thank him for his donation during their annual food drive. (Gary McLaughlin)

Kindergartner’s 25-cent donation warms hearts of North Okanagan RCMP, firefighters

Crew members came to visit Kai McColl at his kindergarten class to thank him for his generosity

Emergency crews who went door-to-door in Lumby and Lavington on Tuesday night encountered many acts of generosity, but one donation of 25 cents stood out from all the rest.

Kai McColl, a Kindergartner, walked up to police officers and paramedics as they were collecting in his neighbourhood and handed them a quarter, telling them he would like it to go to the food bank.

The first responders were floored by young McColl’s donation: not because it was sizable but because it was all the money he had. They were amazed a kid his age could happily donate to a cause much bigger than himself.

“He literally was the talk of the event from the perspective of all the first responders who were there,” RCMP traffic officer Gary McLaughlin said, who started the Emergency Services Fight Back against Hunger five years ago.

“We were at the fire hall there and all these people are running up to me, saying ‘you’ve got to see this picture of this little guy!’”

McLaughlin was so affected by the boy’s gesture and the reaction it elicited from the crew members that he decided to organize a surprise for the boy at his Kindergarten class the next day.

“I started talking to a bunch of my buddies that all work around here — police, fire and ambulance people — and said let’s all just show up at a school tomorrow.”

READ MORE: Central Okanagan Food Bank brings in 46,000 lbs in weekend drive

At 1 p.m. on Thursday McLaughlin along with members of the RCMP, BC Paramedics, Lavington Fire and Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick went to McColl’s classroom to personally thank him, and to talk to his class about the importance of the food bank.

Judging by McLaughlin’s description, McColl’s reaction was priceless.

“There were some tears from the grownups in the room, and he was just beaming from ear to ear.”

“In my career, it’s one of the best examples of kindness I’ve seen.” McLaughlin said. “To him that 25 cents was a million dollars and he decided to give that to people less fortunate.”

More than 6,000 pounds of food and $2,500 in cash donations were raised during the Tuesday night walk. The drive has become the largest single event supporting the Lumby food bank. With the contributions from last night, the program has raised 31,000 pounds of food and $12,500 in five years.

“We could not do this without the generosity of people in our area,” Lumby and District Fire Department Chief Tony Clayton said. “I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to every resident we spoke with and every person that donated food or money. This will directly help out your neighbours and your community.”

READ MORE: Cross-country Jeep tour to drive home donations for food bank


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

 

Just Posted

Price for one-bedroom rentals in Kelowna jumped by 10.8 percent between October and November: Report

Out of 34 Canadian cities, report said Kelowna had highest monthly rent increase

Province covers medical costs for Kelowna boy with spinal muscular atrophy

Spinal taps for Rumi Green’s spinal muscular atrophy treatment cost $120,000 each

Warriors look to snap 4 game losing streak in Trail

West Kelowna takes on the Smoke Eaters Friday night

Funding sought for family of 15-year-old Summerland girl with cancer

Treatment will involve two weeks in hospital, followed by eight to 10 weeks recovery at home

Central Okanagan Journey Home Society names new executive director

Stephanie Ball will head the Journey Home strategy

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Best in business: North-Okanagan Shuswap companies named top 10 semi-finalists

Small businesses from Vernon, Kelowna, West Kelowna, Salmon Arm to compete for top spot

Sagmoen’s lawyer argues ‘abuse of power’ in police search

The trial of Curtis Sagmoen continued at the Vernon Law Courts on Friday

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Penticton resident allegedly has rear car tires stolen

The resident woke up today to find their back tires missing and their car on blocks

Woman struck, dog killed after collision on Highway 97

Speed is not believed to be a factor and alcohol has been ruled out

Province covers medical costs for Kelowna boy with spinal muscular atrophy

Spinal taps for Rumi Green’s spinal muscular atrophy treatment cost $120,000 each

Most Read