Wait’s News owner Mari Plamondon (left) and Marjie Hills, Stepping Stones program manager, show off one of the coffee cards that can be purchased for those in need. Photo submitted

Wait’s News owner Mari Plamondon (left) and Marjie Hills, Stepping Stones program manager, show off one of the coffee cards that can be purchased for those in need. Photo submitted

Coffee card donations return at Wait’s News

The program supplied over 200 cards last year

As the days grow colder there becomes a greater need to help people in our community who find themselves lacking food and shelter. The Stepping Stones shelter has capacity to house 18 people for a short-term stay of up to 30 days to help them get back on their feet.

The mandate of the shelter is to offer services for Kootenay residents. Stepping Stones operates under Nelson CARES and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and employs 27 people to staff the shelter.

Often during the winter months the shelter is at full capacity and the facility is unable to house all that seek refuge from the cold. When this occurs the staff are quick to provide whatever alternatives are available at the time. One way to do that has been to hand out Wait’s News coffee cards.

Last year with the help of Wait’s News owner Mary Plamondon and generous donations from the community, Stepping Stones was able to hand out over 200 coffee cards. Each coffee card can be purchased at Wait’s News for $5, which will provide someone with a cup of coffee or soup and a fabulous homemade muffin.

If you are interested in making someone’s day a little warmer and brighter you may contact Stepping Stones at 250-352-9876 or a donation may be made directly to Wait’s News to contribute to the coffee card fund.