It's been more than a year since the Kootenay Kids Society purchased a new home to enhance to the services they offer in Nelson. Today they hosted an open house.

Kootenay Kids Society host open house

The Kootenay Kids Society held an open house at their yellow house today with games, kite making, and a fire truck.

The Kootenay Kids Society held an open house at their yellow house today with games, kite making, and a fire truck from the Nelson fire department. Resources for families such as totes of toys, books an story baskets are available for loan. The new gym upstairs has a superman swing and low flying trapeze bars.

The society  is a non-profit, multi-service, community based agency. It provide services and support for families with young children and their vision is to set the standard for excellence in the care and healthy development of children in the Nelson area.

Kootenay Kids Society offers programs and supports from Family Place at 312 Silica Street, Kootenay Kids Early Care and Learning Centre at 1007 Cottonwood Street and more recently at the Yellow House at 804 Stanley Street.

Kootenay Kids Society also launched a fundraiser today to help add a fire escape to the Yellow House which will allow them to fully utilize every corner of the beautiful heritage home. Organizers hope that you can take the time to read the following Kootenay Kids Fairytale and find it in your heart and budget to make a tax deductible donation to Kootenay Kids Society to help them to continue to make a difference in the lives of local families.

A Kootenay Fairy Tale

Once upon a time there was a warm and welcoming house that opened its doors to all the wonderful families of Nelson and it’s surrounding lands. Inside this beautiful house were lots of friendly and caring people who wanted to make a difference in the lives of children and their parents. Families were happy to be part of this supportive community. Parents appreciated the knowledge and support they gained from every visit.  Everyone enjoyed the healthy snacks provided, especially the children who, like most children, were almost always a little bit hungry.

This happy place came to be known as Kootenay Kids Society and the warm and welcoming house, family place. Over the years more and more families came from far and wide and soon the needs had doubled.

The caring people of Kootenay Kids Society went to the governments and other funders to request more money to support all the families but were told the  money was all spent. The society was very worried because they could not continue to meet the increased demand and costs without making some difficult decisions. Could they even consider cutting some of their support  programs or to stop providing the healthy snacks that the children loved and needed?

The caring people of Kootenay Kids Society knew what they had to do. They had to ask the generous citizens for their help and support. The society needed to convince the wonderful people that even the smallest donation would make a huge difference and allow their staff to continue to meet the needs of the families that had come to rely on family place for support and food.

Are you a caring and concerned citizen of this community that would like to become part of the amazing work that Kootenay Kids Society does each and every day? Would you be proud to say that you have made a difference in the lives of young children and their families in the nelson area?

As a non-profit organization, the society must rely on the public’s generosity to allow us to continue the work and have an impact on the future of the children it supports. Any cash donation is eligible for a charitable donation receipt with our sincere gratitude on behalf of all the families that we serve and support.

With your generous support this fairy tale can end with “and they all lived happily ever after!”

For more information please call board chairperson, Janet Leahy at 250-354-4006 or executive director Valerie Warmington at 250-352-6678 extension 232.

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