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Archive for December 2016

Local Author Inspires Kids with a Story

On December 5th, 2016, kids at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Martin Avenue had the opportunity to meet a local author and actor. Lauren Hjalmarson is in her last year of interdisciplinary studies at UBCO. In 2015, she wrote Rory and the Coyote, a...

The Clothes on Your Back: GAP Helps Young People be Young

Think back to when you were young. How often did you dirty your clothing in some sort of misadventure? Probably pretty often. Adventures are an important part of growing up. Kids and youth need to explore and get messy in order to learn about the...

Cardiac Sciences Division Staff Have Generous Hearts

Three years ago, the Kelowna General Hospital’s Cardiac Sciences Division decided that they wanted to give back to families in need during the holidays. Inspired by the Heart Institute in Ottawa, KGH Cardiac Sciences staff decided to collect gifts...

Santa Visits Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Lake Country

On Thursday, December 8th kids and families at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Lake Country were transported to the North Pole for an evening. A Night at the North Pole brought 100 people together for a night of music, crafts, food, and surprises.

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BC Tree Fruits Staff Forgo Gifts to help Charity

Many offices celebrate the holidays by running a Secret Santa gift swap. This is a fun way for employees to bond and get to know one another. This year, BC Tree Fruits employees decided to change the way they ran their gift exchange.

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“Instead of...

How $150 Made a Difference in Lake Country

November 23rd was a special day for Shawn Norlin, one of our special needs members at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Lake County. Shawn has autism and has been with the Lake Country Club for six years.

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Shawn had the privilege of being chosen by RBC...

What Are You Grateful For?

When I think about what I am most grateful for at this time of year, it always comes down to family. My family members are the people in my life who mean the most to me. I am reminded about how fortunate we are to be living in our family home, how...

Kal Tire Does Good Deeds Up and Down the Valley

My children and I would like to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have made us feel safer with new winter tires this season,” - a mother in need

This past week, a single mother in Oliver was in need. She had to drive through the...

Kids Come First for Country RV

For the past three years, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs has received an annual donation of $5000 from Country RV. When asked why Country RV chooses to donate to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, General Manager Henry Epp said: “… because the name...

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Make Holiday Memories

“Having a Christmas hamper means our kids can have a normal Christmas. We really struggled (financially) this year and we don’t know what we would have done without the Adopt-A-Family Program.” – Hamper recipient

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Why Investors Group Gives Back

This week, Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Webber Road collected funds from the Webber Road Elf Holiday Movie Night event. For three years, Investors Group has helped the Webber Club host a Movie Night by renting the Encore Theatre on the Westside....

How Singing can turn into Giving

Holiday songs are a fantastic way to celebrate the season of giving and gratitude! We are thrilled to be the recipients of donations from a local charitable initiative. Caroling for a Cause will be singing for individuals and businesses in Kelowna...

How A Little Boost makes a Big Difference

Imagine you are a child learning to use the washroom by yourself. You flush the toilet, wash your hands, and open the door to leave. Sounds simple, right? Now imagine having to stand on your tip toes to see in the mirror or ask an adult to help...

Giving in the Okanagan

You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate...

What is 360 Generosity?

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One of the best ways for young people to learn and grow is to help others. Claro (an organization that helps support students with special needs at learning centres designed for their success) encourages its students to help others, creating a...