Downtown Kelowna businesses give back during the holiday season. We encourage you to join us Downtown and support these wonderful businesses that love to give back.
BC Tree Fruits Cooperative/Growers Supply Company Ltd (1473 Water St)
They have a “Share the Christmas Spirit” fundraiser in which they sponsor families up and down the valley through the KCR Sponsor a Family Program. Currently they have one family of three and a family of seven. They are asking customers at their Kelowna Fruit Market (826 Vaughan Avenue) and at Head Office (1473 Water Street) to donate to their fundraiser. Further to the “Share the Christmas Spirit” they have a Boys and Girls Club Toy Drive. Several departments are doing a secret Santa gift exchange with a $20 toy for their colleague of what they think they would have liked as a child. All toys are then being donated to the Boys and Girls Club on December 16th.
Tigerlily Fashions (541 Bernard Ave)
Every fall they have a coat drive and ask people to bring in used or new warm coats, hats, gloves etc. for men or women. They then give the donor 10% off if they make a purchase. On New Year's Day they take the coats and warm clothing to the Downtown United Church's New Year's Day Dinner. Tigerlily also offers "The Giving Tree.” Customers take a paper ornament with a child's age, buy them an appropriate gift and bring it back to Tigerlily unwrapped with the ornament taped on it. We then deliver all the gifts to the Women's Shelter for their Christmas Party.
olive & elle Boutique (1585 Pandosy St.)
A "Reverse Advent Calendar" with proceeds/donations going to the Food Bank. The idea is that until December 19th they will be accepting/collecting donations to fill olive & elle shopping bags for a 24 day period, same as an advent calendar. The reverse aspect is that instead of taking something out every day, olive & elle will be putting things into the bag. Also, for every bag a customer fills, they will fill a bag as well.
Lakehouse Home Store (510 Bernard Ave)
They move their excess and discontinued inventory and donate it to The Kelowna Women’s Shelter Store.
Mavazi Apparel (565 Bernard Ave)
Donate & Save! They are always accepting gently used clothing & blankets for the Gospel Mission which will earn customers 10% off their entire purchase that day!
Unless Market (534 Bernard Ave)
Collected new pajamas during the month of November. For every pair of pajamas that was dropped off, donors received a postcard that was given as gift to someone who would appreciate the act kindness. The pajamas are being donated to Save the Kindness Society who are making Kindness Kits to be given out to families in need this holiday season. The Kindness kits will include a new pair of pajamas, hot chocolate, popcorn, a new movie or book and hopefully a gift card to local grocery store.
Bohemian Café (524 Bernard Ave)
Their big fundraiser "OkanaganOktoberFeast" took place on October 28, raising funds for the Canadian Mental Health Association - Youth Programs. They raised $12,000!