A social agency is teaming up with several partners to make travel safer for children.
The United Way in the Central & South Okanagan/Similkameen and the United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap will deliver car seats to families in need throughout the valley this year.
It;s a partnership with Central Okanagan Foundation, Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and with the added support from Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation and corporate partner Kal Tire, the Child Safety Initiative will expand to the North Okanagan and Shuswap region.
“Every day, families living right here in the Okanagan are forced to make extremely difficult choices,” says Helen Jackman, Executive Director of United Way CSO. “The choice between paying rent or putting food on the table and making sure their kids travel safely. BCAA estimates that as many as 5% of kids in BC don’t use a child car seat – that’s roughly 23,000 kids. I’m really proud that this partnership initiative will enable families to keep their children safe.”
In previous years, car seats have been delivered to community partners within the Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen region. The annual initiative will now include 13 communities from Salmon Arm to the Canada/US border and over to Princeton. Altogether, 16 community partners will distribute 114 car seats to families in need.
“Kal Tire is pleased to support child safety and families in need in the Okanagan,” says Kevin McCarty, Senior Specialist, Corporate Social Responsibility with Kal Tire. “Safety is a top priority within our business and we welcome the opportunity to support public safety initiatives with our community partners as well.”
In addition to Kal Tire’s involvement, the British Columbia Dragoons have volunteered this year to help with distribution in the Kelowna area using their TAP-V armoured vehicle.
On Wednesday, August 29th, the United Way teams will be picking up car seats from Costco Wholesale Kelowna and delivering them to the various communities.