It’s that time of year again, when Kim Snow and her “Angels” gather at the Murrayville IGA for the Fill the Ambulance campaign. The event takes place on Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Snow and one of her angels, Vince Ford, a B.C. Ambulance paramedic have been putting on this fundraiser for years, with a goal of overflowing the ambulance with food, toiletries and items for babies, including diapers, baby food, wipes and more.
“It’s so amazing. Every year, lots of people come out to the IGA, donate or give cash,” said Snow. “But, the need in Langley is huge and is all year round, not just at Christmas.”
Last month, Kimz Angels won the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce Community Impact award for all the volunteer work the angels do helping the homeless, single moms, seniors, Langley students and foster kids.
In fact, Kimz Angels is becoming quite well-known around Langley and has expanded into Surrey.
She now has two Kimz Angels trucks and more angels coming on board, including C&D Logistics’ Dana Matheson, who bought a new truck for the angels.
When Joe’s soup kitchen closed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Snow was instrumental in working with the Langley Vineyard Church to bring food there and make sandwiches. Now every Wednesday a team of Kimz Angels volunteers provide a lunch there.
“Too many people relied on St. Joe’s. We had to do something,” she said.
She also helps find housing for those looking to get off the street.
Most of the homeless know Snow well and have come to trust her.
“We are all so quick to judge. But no one deserves to sleep outside, no one should go hungry,” said Snow.
“I still feel people in Langley just don’t see how huge the need is out there.
“We have to keep helping; together we can be the difference.”
If you want to help or to know more go to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 604-838-6579.