Donations from Lethbridge College students, employees and community members have made the fourth annual Kodiaks Warm Paws campaign a success. A total of 873 items of winter clothing were distributed to six local charities by Kodiaks athletes today.
“The support of the college community never fails to astound me,” says Holly Owens, Kodiaks athletics assistant. “Our Kodiaks athletes and coaches take great pride in supporting this event, and want to make an impact in our city. To know that their efforts will help make those in need more comfortable during the winter months makes all of their efforts worth it.”
Organized by Kodiaks Athletics, the program solicited donations of new mittens, gloves, scarves, toques, socks and other outerwear to help Lethbridge’s less fortunate this winter. Cash donations were also collected and used to purchase even more winter wear that was then donated. A total of 755 items were collected at six drop-off locations around the college and an additional $400 was raised and used to purchase 118 more items, bringing the total to 873 donated items.
Representatives from Wood’s Homes, the Lethbridge Emergency Shelter, Streets Alive Mission, YWCA Lethbridge and District, the Boys and Girls Club of Lethbridge and the Hands on Early Learning Centre (Lethbridge College’s on-campus daycare provider) joined Kodiaks athletes, coaches and staff to receive the donations during an event at the college on Thursday morning.
Through the first three years of the Kodiaks Warm Paws campaign, more than 1,500 items were donated to local charities. This year’s donations bring the overall total to more than 2,370 items over four years.