Langley angels deliver for families in need

Photos posted on Kim Snow’s personal Facebook page are clear evidence that, indeed, she lives in a generous community.

Snow, who spearheads Kimz Angels, a group that for the past few years have helped disadvantaged families, children, and individuals in Langley by delivering donations of food, clothes, and furniture to them, is also something of a social media aficionado.

It’s a tool she often uses to get the word out on who needs what, and where, in the community.

Every December she organizes Kimz Angels’ Fill the Ambulance campaign, and once again, kind-hearted donors came through by dropping off food, baby essentials including diapers, and an assortment of other items at the Marketplace IGA in Murrayville from Dec. 13-14.

The donations will be delivered to roughly 25 families in the coming days. Several images of last weekend’s successful campaign are on Snow’s Facebook page.

Snow has many helping hands in her efforts, including those of Vince Ford, a paramedic who brings the ambulance to fill with donations every year.

For Snow and her close to two dozen angels, this spirit of giving doesn’t just happen around Christmas time: it’s a year-round undertaking, and local businesses have stepped up to help her.

Before they are delivered to families, donations are stowed in a 40’ storage trailer courtesy of Lafarge.

Also, Dana Matheson, president of C&D Logistics, is stepping up by donating a four-door pick-up truck for Snow to use to pick up and deliver donations, giving her two vehicles to use for this purpose.

Two years ago, she was the grateful recipient of a 2012 Ford F150, financed by B&B Contracting. Steve Stew from B&B Contracting is a friend of Snow’s and is also on the board of directors for the Child Development Foundation of British Columbia.

Snow’s efforts with Kimz Angels was recognized at the 18th annual Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce’s Celebration of Excellence Awards banquet held on Oct. 22.

Kimz Angels were nominated in the not-for-profit organization for community work.

This recognition is humbling for Snow, who helps more than 200 families through referrals.

“Best Babies directly gives the moms our number and we deal with the moms directly,” Snow said. “We drop off food and furniture, clothes. We are growing, so that way we deal with the families. The families phone us for diapers clothes, food…”

Fill the Ambulance started years ago in support of a friend of Snow’s who had terminal cancer.

“They weren’t a needy family, but dad was out of a job, mom wasn’t working, all that stuff,” Snow recalled.

Snow took the family out for the day.

This gave volunteers an opportunity to import snow from a local ice rink and place it in the family’s front yard. The family’s home was decorated in Christmas lights and Santa Claus made a special appearance.

Since then, the main campaign is held every December, a month when people tend to be more generous.

The items collected from this year’s Fill the Ambulance campaign were personally delivered by Kimz Angels, accompanied by Santa, to roughly 25 families that are referred to them.

Snow hopes this generous Christmas spirit that was on display last weekend will spill into 2015 and beyond.

“It’s awesome that people are generous at Christmas, but they need to be that way all year long,” Snow said.

Snow finds this year-round charity work to be very satisfying.

“I love the look on people’s faces when they know someone cares,” Snow said. “A lot of these people think that no one cares about them but when they see that so many people do care, I get the satisfaction out of being able to help someone.”

Anyone who would like to donate items for needy families can contact Snow directly by emailing kimzangels@hotmail.ca or by calling 604-838-6579.

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