Every day kids in our own back yard go to school with no food in their tummies. No juice, no warm toast, no cereal and milk. Every day people all over the Okanagan Valley try to feed those hungry kids. The Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs have been fillng up those empty stomachs because as they say, they like to take care of their families. The families that use the Clubs are familiar faces. Kids and teens that have been coming to them for years in some cases. The stories you’ll hear from any given family tell of difficult times, injuries, unemployment, a single parent trying to do it all and many more. Sometimes the stories are good. Like the family in Lake Country that received help at Christmas last year but said they don’t need the help this year because of the help they got last year to buy gifts and food for the holidays. There was no debt incurred and things are better this year. That story brought tears to the eyes of the person who told it to me. The families at the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs come in all shapes and sizes and from all walks of life.
This year there will be over 100 families from Penticton to the Shuswap who have registered for the Adopt A Family program this Christmas. Keep in mind these are only the families who use the Clubs. The number of people who need help this year will be far greater than that. It is a busy time for the many organizations who step up and help make the holidays more special. To the Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs, foodbanks, The Salvation Army, our community churches and all the other smaller organizations whom we never ever hear about, thank you for all you do.
If you want to do something different this year and stop the spending frenzy, here’s an idea for you. Adopt a Family for Christmas this year and spend your money on making a difference at Christmas. Contact your local Okanagan Boys and Girls Club to make arrangements. Or. Take a Christmas wine tour during the 12 Days Of Christmas Giving tours from December 1-22 and we will donate 50% towards the Adopt A Family program. Tour maximum is 11 people so gather up friends, team members, co workers or come with a friend. Enjoy an after work wine tour and taste and shop for your Christmas wine, see the festive decorations And festival of trees at the wineries, pick up a few gifts along the way and know you are making a difference in the lives of a family this year.