Kim Snow knows all about supply and demand.
As the emotional and organizational leader of Kim’s Angels, a charity group that supplies needy families with food, diapers, furniture, and basic necessities, the Langley resident is fielding more requests than ever for help.
“Demand is increasing, now we need to increase the supply,” she said last week. “In the last four days, four extra families have called us for help. It surprised me, honestly. I did not think there was that many needy people in the community.”
Snow said she keeps wishing Kim’s Angels could do more.
“It breaks my heart,” she said. “Most of these people have jobs; they just don’t have enough to get them by.”
To meet the growing need, Snow has received loads of support from volunteers and businesses in the community. In March, she was handed the keys to a 2012 Ford F150 which she uses to deliver donations to the more than 200 less fortunate families Kim’s Angels help in the community.
The truck, financed by B&B Contracting, is shrink wrapped with a purple “Kimz Angels” logo on the driver and passenger door panels. Other corporate sponsors have lent their support and have their company logo attached to the sides of the truck.
The truck has already been put to good use. In the last four months, Kim’s Angels have delivered furniture and food to six families that have moved into apartments.
“We pick it up for free and we deliver it for free,” she said.
Families are referred to Kim’s Angels by organizations such as Best Babies, Southgate Church, the Salvation Army and Stepping Stone.
“We all work as a team,” she explained. “They find them places to stay, we furnish and supply them with food, warm clothes, and diapers.”
In one instance, Snow related, a mom and her infant slept on the floor of their home for four months before Kim’s Angels delivered a bed for them to sleep in.
And while furniture donations are appreciated, Snow stresses they must be in decent condition.
“We’re not a dump,” she said.
“Gently used,” is the term she likes to use, when asking for donations of beds, couches, other types of furniture, toys and clothes.
Snow has relied on media, both social and conventional, to spread the word. She often relays requests for donations to the 466 friends she has on Facebook.
“Without [the media] people wouldn’t know about us,” she said.
Recently, Kim’s Angels hosted a belated “Fill the Ambulance” charity drive in which an ambulance parked in front of the Murrayville IGA was filled with donations of nonperishable food, diapers, and clothes.
Kim’s Angels works with several organizations in the community, including Best Babies, Southgate Church, St. Joseph’s Church, Salvation Army, and the School District 35 lunch program.
The group continues to ask for the donation of a storage container to keep its many donations. That way, Snow said, more donations can be accepted and kept safe until they can be delivered to the families.
And of course, she could always use more donations and volunteers.
“We’re all busy, but we make the time to volunteer,” she said. “When you take a minute to volunteer, it’s such a good feeling to see the smiles on people’s faces.”
Any companies willing to sponsor Kim’s Angels, or anyone wanting to make a donation of nonperishable food, furniture, diapers, baby food, or other items, email email@example.com or call 604-838-6579.
As well, anybody willing to help deliver furniture is welcome to contact Snow.
“We are in need of people helping us move the furniture,” Snow said. “We have the truck; we just need the muscles. And if kids also need credits for volunteering, we can supply them with that because they are helping to serve the community.”
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