Kindness meter starts collecting coins for the homeless

Penticton Mayor Andrew Jakubeit deposits some change into the city's first kindness meter, Thursday, March 30, 2017, as Coun. Helena Konanz, left, and Brain Injury Society executive director Linda Sankey, right, look on.

PENTICTON - Penticton's first kindness meter was unveiled this afternoon.

The colourful meter, placed in front of the Main Street 200 block breezeway, takes public donations for distribution to various city groups working with the city’s homeless population.

The location of the meter is strategic, in that it was placed in a location frequented by panhandlers

Today’s unveiling, March 30, is the result of council’s recent approval to place the meter in the downtown location for a one year trial period.

Mayor Andrew Jakubeit says the meter isn’t intended to stop panhandling, rather it was part of a strategy to provide more support for homeless service groups in the community. He expects a report to come forward in the next few months summarizing the meter’s impact onhomelessness.

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