Valley First lends hand to Park Place residents

Valley First lends hand to Park Place residents

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From left are Park Place evacuation coordinator Linda Gergely, Valley First’s Delene Haro and Samantha Zeeman, Park Place secretary Stuart Syme, and Valley First’s Stacey Gagno and Marko Bosnjak. Photo contributed

Valley First’s Oliver branch worked through the heat recently to ensure Park Place residents were prepared to pack their possessions ahead of their move.

From left are Park Place evacuation coordinator Linda Gergely, Valley First’s Delene Haro and Samantha Zeeman, Park Place secretary Stuart Syme, and Valley First’s Stacey Gagno and Marko Bosnjak. Photo contributed
From left are Park Place evacuation coordinator Linda Gergely, Valley First’s Delene Haro and Samantha Zeeman, Park Place secretary Stuart Syme, and Valley First’s Stacey Gagno and Marko Bosnjak.
Photo contributed

The branch jumped to the assistance of the seniors after learning of the structural damage issues at the 43-unit complex. Branch manager Stacey Gagno said something had to be done immediately to help these people.

“It’s a tough situation for Park Place residents and the community,” she noted. “After hearing the extent of the issues and how residents would have to relocate, we rallied with our community partners to help  the seniors that live in the building. With the generous financial support of Valley First & the assistance of More Affordable Storage in Penticton, we were able to assist with supplying the entire building with new moving boxes, packing paper and tape.”

On June 28, Valley First’s Blue Blitz team delivered 1215 moving boxes, 250 pounds of clean newsprint and packing tape, totalling more than $2,000 worth of supplies.

“For us, it’s about coming together as a community,” said Gagno. “Being involved and creating good things is extremely important to us. We have to give back when we can.”

A community fundraiser at NK’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course July 6 attracted approximately 125 guests, with about 35 of those being from Park Place.

Sarren Wolfe from The Wolfe’s Den organized the event, where the entire proceeds from ticket sales and drink purchases went towards the fund. Also, Wolfe’s staff donated their wages and tips for the night, which amounted to approximately $3,000.

There was also a great silent auction which many individuals and businesses donated items to. There was about $3,800 raised in the auction. A 50/50 draw raised about $635 (the winner donated the winnings back).

Donations can be made at Valley First Credit Union to the Churches that Care emergency fund account. Cheques should be made payable to Living Way Christian Centre. Donations over $20 are eligible for a tax deductible receipt.

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