Blanket drive keeps everyone warm this winter

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PENTICTON - If you’re keeping warm under a blanket this winter, consider giving an extra to a person in need by donating to the local, annual blanket drive.

This is the fifth year of the Cover with Kindness Blanket Drive, which was started by Greg Litwin, a notary public and director of the Soupateria in downtown Penticton.

Litwin started the drive after seeing similar efforts by a group in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. At first, he and his wife bought blankets to give to people in need, but realized it was costly, even if they were purchasing them from the Salvation Army.

Once the word got out about the drive a steady stream of blankets, coats, scarves and mittens were brought to Litwin’s office. One of the rooms in his office is already almost full of donations from this year alone, he says.

The donations will be brought to the hall at St. Saviour’s Church and given out on December 15-17. Last year, around 300 people were served and Litwin hopes to help as many people or more this year.

Donations can be dropped of at Greg Litwin’s Notary Public Office at #1-699 Main Street in Penticton. Anyone interested in volunteering during the drive, call 250-770-8888.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Meaghan Archer at or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email or call 250-718-2724.

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