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Thrifty fundraiser sees Kelowna students donate $1K to food bank

The Central Okanagan Food Bank will turn the donation into $3,000 of food
(L to R) Students Olivia Lewis and Julia Soleski, hand over their donation to RayAnn Gruza of the COFB, alongside teacher sponsor Andrea Mackintosh and the KSS Mascot. (contributed)

Kelowna high School students are making an impact in the community with a donation to the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

Students from Kelowna Secondary School hosted a pop-up thrift shop during lunch, helping reduce waste and raise funds for the new initiative Thrifty Thursday.

“Thrifty Thursday prevents textile waste, raises money for great Canadian charities, and offers students a sustainable and convenient way to get clothes,” said Grade 12 student Julia Soleski. “We can make a tangible difference because each piece of clothing a student brings home was diverted from needlessly filling a landfill or waterway.”

The students donated $1,000 to the local food bank as their first major donation from the new initiative. The Central Okanagan Food Bank is able to turn that donation into $3,000 worth of food.

“I have always been really interested in sustainability and clothes, so I really felt that Thrifty Thursdays was a great way to get involved with both,” said Grade 10 student Olivia Lewis. “I really hope that Thrifty Thursdays can grow into a more prevalent weekly event at KSS with more enthusiastic volunteers.”

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Brittany Webster

About the Author: Brittany Webster

I am a video journalist based in Kelowna and capturing life in the Okanagan
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