Individual efforts to help others

Lisa Hultin gathered donations and volunteers to distribute care packages and warm clothing to people in need on Dec. 15.

Lisa Hultin (right) with Sandi Van Unen (left) and Danielle DenAdmirant helped distribute care packages and warm clothing on Alexander Ave to people in need on Dec. 15.

As Chilliwack’s many care organizations continue their fundraising programs this season, many individuals in the community are taking to the streets to provide additional help first-hand.

Despite the cold and rain on Tuesday, Dec. 15, many people found warmth underneath tents outside 604 Auto Sound.

It was the community effort of the KnR (Kids and Rainbows) Foundation, organized by Lisa Hultin. She started the foundation in memory of her father and for her kids, to inspire them to continue to help others.

Last year she conducted a toy drive for the B.C. Children’s Hospital at Christmastime. This year, she decided to concentrate on people in need right here in Chilliwack.

“We’ve collected items all throughout the year,” she said. On Tuesday, they were giving out care packages made up of toques, gloves, scarves, toiletries and other essentials.

There were also numerous jackets, shoes, baby clothes and more for people to pick from as they sipped on a hot cup of coffee.

Many people and local businesses came together to help with donations and distribution, including friends, neighbours, and Hultin’s children.

“It’s a great learning experience for them,” Hultin said. “It’s good for them to know that there’s people out there in need.”

By spreading the word through downtown organizations, flyers and online, they were able to hand out at least 50 care packages throughout the afternoon. One of the last visitors of the night was a mother of six who was able to pick up some extra diapers and kids clothes.

WIth the remaining items, Hultin might run another event in January at a central downtown location, or donate the items to Ruth & Naomi’s Mission and The Salvation Army.


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