August 22, 2019 (Okanagan region) – Next week, United Way Southern Interior BC (SIBC) invites media to join us at a few key distribution sites of child car seats across the Southern Interior. Our team of do-gooders are packing up trucks full of convertible car seats to be delivered to charity partners throughout the Okanagan destined for families in need.

Starting with 40 car seats in 2015, the increasing need from families prompted the expansion of the Child Safety Initiative. In its 4th year, 27 United Way community partners will distribute 169 car seats to vulnerable families this year.

The 2019 Child Safety Initiative saw a 50% increase of car seats available from the previous year. This was made possible through the generous commitment of the Paul Docksteader Foundation and our partnership with the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and corporate sponsor, Kal Tire.

The increase goes alongside the rising need for low income families to access child car seats across the region. BCAA estimates that 5% of children in BC (roughly 23,000) do not use approved child car seats due to difficult financial choices every day.

“I have always loved to get involved in local projects where I can see instantly the difference being made, especially for vulnerable families and kids,” says Paul Docksteader, founder of the Paul Docksteader Foundation. “The United Way’s vision of making a positive difference in the communities in which we live is one which I echo at our Foundation. We are thrilled to support this collective action initiative which will ease the burden for so many struggling local families with little ones.”

In addition, the British Columbia Dragoons have volunteered this year to help with distribution in the Kelowna area using their TAP-V armoured vehicle. United Way purchased the car seats through a relationship with Costco Kelowna at a discount which enables the budget to stretch even further.

Media are invited to attend at distribution partners for a photo opp and interviews. More info at: http://unitedwaysibc.com/how-we-help/kids/child-safety-initiative/

SCHEDULE & ADDRESSES:

Central Okanagan – Kelowna General Hospital

August 27th, 2019 (Tuesday)

9:30am-10:15am

Loading bay at Rose Ave.

2268 Pandosy St. Kelowna BC, V1Y 1T2

South Okanagan – OneSky Community Resources

August 28th, 2019 (Wednesday)

10:00am-11:15am

330 Ellis St. Penticton BC, V2A 4L7

North Okanagan – Vernon Jubilee Hospital

August 29th, 2019 (Thursday)

11:00am-11:45am

2101 32 St, Vernon BC, V1T 5L2

Other Distribution locations:

Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna (WFN), Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Keremeos, Vernon, Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm, and Revelstoke

WHO:

  • Presenting sponsor: Paul Docksteader Foundation
  • Founding partners: United Way SIBC, Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation
  • Supporting partners: Kal Tire, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation
  • Logistics partners: Costco Kelowna, British Columbia Dragoons

BACKGROUND:

The Child Safety Initiative is a unique partnership between United Way Southern Interior BC, Central Okanagan Foundation, KGH Foundation, and this year the Paul Docksteader Foundation as a presenting sponsor. Costco Kelowna handles the ordering and enables us to purchase the car seats at a discounted rate. In 2018 and 2019, the Okanagan Regiment of the BC Dragoons assisted with delivery. In total, 169 car seats will be delivered to 27 agencies in Southern Interior communities. United Way partner agencies in Lake Country, Kelowna, West Kelowna (WFN), Summerland, Penticton, Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, Vernon, Lumby, Enderby, Salmon Arm, Golden, Eagle Valley, Nakusp and Revelstoke will receive car seats to distribute to low income families in their community. The local agencies then assess the needs of applicants and distribute to the individual families.  Those families interested in inquiring about a car seat need to contact their local community distributing agency directly.

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