Kim Snow's charity efforts are snowballing in a very positive way.
She and the volunteers she calls her "angels" have grown to become a crucial support system for Langley families that have fallen on hard times.
Using local media, Facebook, and word of mouth as a pipeline for requests and information, Snow is currently helping 175 less fortunate families receive some of the basic necessities they need.
"The media is really important for us," Snow said. "Without the media we can't really help out."
Snow said the people who have received help are given a lift in many ways.
"They're feeling more confident, they're doing more, they're phoning the angels and asking to help their friends and family, too," she said. "They're helping others, and that's what I like to see.
And, for more than a decade, she's had plenty of help.
There from nearly the beginning has been paramedic Vince Ford, a dedicated volunteer at Snow's Fill the Ambulance events, along with Steve Stew of B&B Contracting, another key contributor to her charity work.
With demand so high and new requests coming in on an almost daily basis, Snow needs more help than ever.
She's collecting diapers of all sizes (from newborns to pull-ups), nonperishible food, and items for her school lunch program in which she provides Langley School District with soup, juice boxes, and granola bars.
"I always say, people don't just get hungry at Christmas. I know after a while it starts sounding boring, but it's not because we're really helping a lot of people," Snow said.
A key item is diapers.
"Diapers are very expensive," Snow said. "By the time moms pay their rent, buy their food, they really don't have the money, and I hate seeing kids with rashes," Snow said.
To deliver items ranging from boxes of diapers to couches, Snow might have a new ride in the near future.
Through sponsorship from B&B, a tentative plan is in the works to supply Snow with a new truck to deliver items to the less fortunate.
"It's not official yet," Stew said, "but we're going to sponsor a vehicle for Kim's Angels."
If the sponsorship goes through, Snow will be a happy woman.
She said her newer truck isn't so new anymore; it's become somewhat of a delivery vehicle.
The proposed donated truck will be shrink-wrapped with the name "Kim's Angels" on it. And there is room on the vehicle for any local sponsors that want to advertise their businesses.
"We're going to approach other companies, even if it's a $1,500 donation a month, that'll just help pay for the gas and the insurance, and then they'll have their company logo on the truck," Stew said.
Stew added that being part of Snow's volunteer team is "very satisfying."
"We've recently just set up a charity events committee at B&B Contracting and we've named Kim's Angels one of our main charities that we'll be supporting on a monthly basis," he said.
Snow also has a close partnership with Ford and local paramedics.
Ford has been volunteering alongside Snow for the past 13 years.
Asked what keeps him coming back year after year, Ford responded with a laugh, "Kim doesn't leave us alone."
He noted, "I thoroughly enjoy it. I help give her an infusion of these goods for the poor for the Fill the Ambulance campaign."
To make a donation, email Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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