A team of Kalesnikoff Lumber employees purchased toys for 150 kids at Secret Garden Toys in Nelson. Photo submitted

A team of Kalesnikoff Lumber employees purchased toys for 150 kids at Secret Garden Toys in Nelson. Photo submitted

Kalesnikoff employees support 50 Kootenay families with food, toys, gifts

Sawmill and employess donate $25,000.

Kalesnikoff Lumber employees were busy in December as they headed into the holidays, helping bring the spirit of the season to 50 Nelson and Castlegar families, breaking last year’s record of 47 families.

Throughout 2019, employees voluntarily contributed $10,000 through payroll deductions which was matched by the company. This was supplemented by other fundraising activities including a 50/50 draw to total $25,000.

Kalesnikoff employees have been making lists, shopping, organizing, wrapping and delivering their festive bundles.

The company thanked all the local organizations who supported this annual initiative, pitching in with financial and staff support, and both perishable and non-perishable items.

The gifts were distributed among families in Nelson — in partnership with the Salvation Army — and Castlegar, with the Castlegar and District Community Service Society, to spread the spirit across the local communities.