Assault victim recipient of Christmas generosity

Ken Paton was bowled over by the generosity shown by Penticton residents who rallied to his aid after he was assaulted earlier this month

PENTICTON - Assault victim Ken Paton was overwhelmed at the charity shown him after a short fundraising effort was held for him on a friend’s Facebook page.

Leigh Follestad recently noted Paton’s plight after being hospitalized following a bizarre confrontation that took place early in the morning of Dec. 1 after Paton answered a knock on his front door.

“It was a 24-hour event,” said Leigh Follestad, who hosted the fundraising effort on a Penticton Facebook page. “It’s not an actual use for the site, but I was asked to help out.”

Follestad said the 24-hour posting elicited a generous response on behalf of city residents who wanted to help out.

“It was a great way to bring about community involvement,” Follestad said.

“I couldn’t believe the support shown for me,” said Paton, who received a food hamper and a pile of gifts for his daughter. “We are all set for Christmas. My daughter is going to have a good day.”

Paton is working to “pay it forward” as he takes donations of old computers and refurbishes them in order to pass them on to those in need.

“I’m working on one right now, and I’ve got two others ready to go,” he said.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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