When the South Okanagan Women in Need Society (SOWINS) made a plea for much needed non-perishable food and hygiene items last week — local businesses answered the call.
“The rising costs of living including gas, food, and other essential items have been disproportionately difficult for many of our clients to navigate who often have modest incomes and live pay cheque to pay cheque,” said Danielle Goulden, executive director of SOWINS.
“Most years the shelves get replenished without us having to put out a plea for support, but this year has been different, and we are experiencing a much higher need than we have seen in previous years.”
Last week, the society posted on their Facebook and Instagram that they needed non-perishable food items and hygiene items. Many community members have stepped up and been bringing in items to help.
Then, they received a call from Paul Carey at Cantex Okanagan. Paul and Penticton IGA owner Colin Powell teamed up to ensure this need for non-perishable food items would be met.
“I received a call from Paul that he had seen the plea for support. He has been a huge supporter of SOWINS for many years and always helps when we need it. He told me about his conversation with Colin and the two of them had it all organized,” said Marni Adams, SOWINS fund development advisor.
Powell showed up last Friday with a truckload of items. There were cases of water, Boost nutrition drink, juice boxes, granola bars, tuna, crackers, pasta, pasta sauce, rice and freezies.
“The team was thrilled when Colin came and unloaded case upon case of items knowing that the women, youth, and children we serve will receive the support they need,” said Adams.
“The South Okanagan community continues to amaze me”, said Goulden. “We cannot thank all of you and especially Paul and Colin enough for helping us meet the growing needs in our community.”
SOWINS is a registered charity serving women, children, youth, and families facing abuse and violence from Summerland to Osoyoos and Princeton.