Angels extend beyond Kim Snow’s merry band of four dozen volunteers who help her deliver necessities to local families throughout the year.
They are all around her, especially this time of the year when the Kimz Angels founder hosts the annual Fill the Ambulance charity drive.
This year’s event – where an ambulance parked in front of the Murrayville IGA is filled with donations of unwrapped packages of diapers along with baby food, toys, and nonperishable food items – takes place this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 18 and 19) from roughly 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. both days.
Visitors are urged to bring donations benefiting Best Babies of Langley as well as local families.
“Rain, snow, no matter what, we’re there,” Snow said.
Last year’s Fill the Ambulance was a huge success.
“We filled the ambulance, unloaded it, and filled it up again the next day,” Snow recalled, from the 2014 charity drive. “That’s toys, food, gently used clothes, and diapers, which is our No. 1.”
Snow said the need is greater than ever, which “is not a good sign,” but added, “you know what? We just need to face reality. They are out there.”
Fill the Ambulance is where it all started for Snow, who, with a lot of help from her “Angelz” directly helps families in Langley and Surrey.
According to the group’s website (kimzangels.com) “Kimz Angelz coordinates collection and delivery of clothing, furniture, non-perishable food, baby necessities, kids’ toys, school supplies, shelter and other basics for struggling families and individuals – often hand delivering necessities directly. We are involved in fundraising activities and food drives contributing to organizations like Best Babies, Langley District Schools, the Gateway of Hope, local food banks, and church outreach programs.”
Kimz Angels helps in many ways. For example, the group puts together 400 to 500 sandwiches at Langley Vineyard on Wednesday mornings to feed the hungry.
Seeing poverty and suffering first hand does take a toll on Snow emotionally. “It’s very hard, but when I do see things being accomplished… it does affect me but I have to be strong and know that we are doing a good job giving back.”
Snow has a huge social network and plenty of corporate support in her efforts (see the list of sponsors at kimzangels.com).
“If I didn’t have the people that I have in my life, we wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing,” Snow said.
During the annual Celebration of Excellence gala hosted by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, Kimz Angels were recognized for their efforts, receiving the Community Impact Award (Not-for-Profit) Award.
There are many ways to connect with Kimz Angels to help local families in need. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, call 604-838-6579, or visit the group on Facebook, facebook.com/kimzangels.
PHOTO: Kimz Angels founder Kim Snow was surrounded by friends at an open house at her Langley home last weekend. (Troy Landreville/Langley Advance)