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Coffee, art used to fight child poverty

Young artists have created tiles to be sold as part of a fundraiser for the Kootenay Kids Society. - Eli Geddis photo
Young artists have created tiles to be sold as part of a fundraiser for the Kootenay Kids Society.
— image credit: Eli Geddis photo

Did you know that one in five children under the age of six in British Columbia lives below the poverty line?

Or that BC has the worst child poverty rate (18.6 per cent) of any province in the country? Or that BC has the worst child poverty rate of the provinces for both single mother families and two parent families?

These troubling statistics partially explain why Kootenay Kids Society’s (KKS) programs are so important — and you can help by patronizing Grounded Coffee Shop (616 Vernon Street) anytime on Thursday, December 12.

Grounded owner Sasha Kitch has been a supporter of KKS for years. Again this year, all proceeds from the day’s sales will go directly to child support programs run by KKS. Like last year, original artwork produced by local children from Melanie Ward’s 4Cats Art Studio will also be on display, ready to be purchased.

Great coffee/food and fantastic art — all for a good cause. Make sure to stop into Grounded anytime between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on December 12.

“As a mother, I know the importance of children’s well-being and know too the great work Kootenay Kid’s does in this community and the surrounding area,” said Kitch. “I’m glad to host and support this annual event, as are my fantastic staff.”

Ward echoes Kitch’s thoughts.

“The importance of what KKS does can’t be overstated, and working with them and Grounded collectively lets us give back to the community in an important way. The children have a blast too, eager to participate and contribute.”

KKS Executive Director Valerie Warmington applauds all their partners for their participation and generosity, and understanding of the importance of KKS programs.

“Many of our clients absolutely need the support we provide. The report by the British Columbia Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition reinforces that need here, and everywhere in the province. Community support for this special event means we can continue to assist needy children and their families with essentials like food, clothing and learning programs.”

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