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In the latest episode of Business Matters, presented by Valley First, a division of First West Credit Union, host Rob Cupello welcomes guests Stacey Vincent Marketing & Community Manager at Secure-Rite Mobile Storage, Indy Brar Sales Manager at Kelowna Toyota and Alexa Anderson, Operations Manager at NowMedia Group.
During this episode, they discuss Kelowna Santas, a community-driven initiative that plays a pivotal role in providing support to families throughout the Okanagan region during the festive season.
In its 11th consecutive year, Kelowna Santas unites the community to collect, wrap, and deliver donations and gifts to families just in time Christmas.
A common challenge is the lack of toy donations for older children. To address this, people are encouraged to contribute gifts such as electronics, gift cards, sports equipment, movie passes, and experiences.
Kelowna Santas has 33 drop locations throughout Kelowna for toy collection. You can see a full list of drop locations here.
They also accept monetary donations which will be used to purchase toys for children.
In its fourth consecutive year of sponsorship, Brar from Kelowna Toyota emphasizes the alignment of values between Kelownanow and Kelowna Toyota as a driving force behind their steadfast support.
Secure-Rite Mobile Storage, also in its fourth year as a sponsor, echoes a commitment to community service that extends beyond the holiday season.
Vincent emphasizes, "community is a very common and core thread at Secure-Rite," shedding light on their year-round contributions to food banks, animal shelters, and various charitable initiatives.
One of the most gratifying elements of Kelowna Santas is witnessing the heartfelt reactions of the families, making every effort truly worthwhile, they share.
“You see people who have actually used the program before and then they give back," says Anderson.
KelownaNow would like to thank all its sponsors for their continuous support who enable Kelowna Santas to be successful each year.
Watch the full episode to learn more about Kelowna Santa and see Vincent, Brar and Anderson go head to head in some festive trivia games!