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The UBCO Heat rang in the new year right as they kicked off their "Bring the Heat" clothing drive for Inn From the Cold Kelowna on Thursday afternoon.
NowMedia paid the Men's team and head coach a visit to learn more about what sparked this initiative.
"Really we shouldn't need a reason to do something good, and I think in general we all have the ability to make someone's life a little bit better," said head coach, Brad Hudson.
The athletes will be accepting donations for the local organization that is set to close its doors this next week at both the IFTC's office (109-1262 St. Paul Street) or at the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
"We are so grateful to UBCO for kind of putting this together for us," said Kody Woodmass, events and promotions director for Inn From the Cold.
"Our shelter will be closing down unfortunately on the seventh of January so this is a vital time for us to provide these people with the necessities of life," added Woodmass.
Items most sought after include gloves/mitts, snow pants, jackets, sweaters/hoodies, toques, winter boots, long johns, jeans, pants, hand warmers, and toiletries. If you have none of the listed items, cash will be accepted at any donation location.
The drive will culminate during an exciting 'Inn from the Cold' Heat volleyball doubleheader on Saturday night when the women and men's Heat volleyball teams host the University of Calgary Dinos.
First serve for the women's match will be at 5 p.m. with the men to start at 7 p.m., the match will feature pre and during match activities, events and giveaways with clothing drive theme and members of the IFTC will be on hand with more information about their organization.