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‘Tis the season to donate time and money

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December 25, 2014 - 9:26 AM

KELOWNA – It’s not only retailers counting on the holiday season to push the bottom line into the black. People open up their wallets and schedules for charities in greater numbers at Christmas time.

It’s no different in Kelowna.

You probably saw the Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign volunteers outside local retail shops. The money they get helps pay for the Christmas Hamper program and keeps the charity solvent throughout the year. There are many other local charitable organizations that boost their efforts during the holiday season, but you can help them out any time of the year.

The organizations which provide shelter and food for the city’s less fortunate like the Kelowna Gospel Mission, Inn From The Cold and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society are great places to donate at this time of the year.

The United Way of the Central Okanagan and South Okanagan/Similkameen is another top-of-mind charity during the holidays, along with the Kelowna Community Food Bank.

And don’t forget the animals. There are a number of local animal charities including the B.C. SPCA – Kelowna Branch and The Responsible Animal Care Society.

If you’d like to give some of your time over the holidays (or maybe throughout the year), here is a full list of the organizations in the Central Okanagan looking for volunteers.

Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art
Arts Council of the Central Okanagan, ARTSCO
BC Interior Horse Rescue Society
BMO Okanagan Marathon
Brandt's Creek Mews
Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, BC and Yukon Chapter
Canadian Cancer Society
Canadian Mental Health Association Kelowna & District Branch
Canadian Red Cross, BC Southern Interior Office
Cool Arts Society
Creator's Arts Centre Society
Elizabeth Fry Society, Central Okanagan
Exceptional Music Adventure, Music Therapy Program
First United Church, Outreach Services
Freedom's Door Recovery House
Global Citizen Kelowna, In cooperation with The Intercultural Society of the Central Okanagan
Good Samaritan Society, Mountainview Village
Habitat for Humanity Kelowna
Hands In Service
Hope Air
Imperial Order of Daughters of the Empire (IODE), Thrift Shop
Inn from the Cold - Kelowna
Interior Health, Community Care Volunteer Services
Interior Health, Cottonwoods Care Centre
Karis Support Society
KCR, Crisis Line
KCR, Immigrant Services
Kelowna Child Care Society
Kelowna Community Concert Association
Kelowna Community Food Bank, KCFB
Kelowna Gifts to Grandmothers
Kelowna Museums Society
Kelowna Stroke Recovery Branch
Kelowna's Gospel Mission
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Community Action Program for Children (CAPC)
Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society, Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth
Lake Country Health Planning Society
Lake Country Museum & Archives
Mercy Ships Canada, Hospital Ships for the Poor
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Central Okanagan Chapter
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada, Okanagan Chapter
Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs
Okanagan Feast of Fields, Farm Folk City Folk
Okanagan Fruit Tree Project
Okanagan Symphony Society
Ovarian Cancer Canada, BC/Yukon
Parkinson Activity Centre, Parkinson Senior Society
Pathways Abilities Society, (Formerly Kelowna and District Society for Community Living)
Peachland Wellness Centre
Perinatal Mood Disorder Awareness Ltd.
Project Literacy Kelowna Society, CORE Literacy Program
Rally4Life Foundation
School District No. 23 Central Okanagan
Scotiabank MS Walk, Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada Okanagan Chapter
Seniors Outreach & Resource Centre
Society for Learning in Retirement (SLR)
Spring Valley Care Centre
Springvalley Middle School, School District No. 23 Central Okanagan
St. John Ambulance, Kelowna Branch, Brigade Medical First Responders
Terry Fox Foundation, Terry Fox Run
TETRA Society of North America
The Responsible Animal Care Society, TRACS
The Salvation Army, Kelowna Community Church
The Sunshine Foundation of Canada
United Way of the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen
Uptown Rutland Business Association
Westside Health Network Society
YMCA of Okanagan

To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infonews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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