For the third year in a row, the Vernon Pickleball Association (VPA) held its annual food drive in support of the Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank during the month of December:
Members brought non-perishable food items and toiletries to the Okanagan Wealth Advisors (OWA) Pickleball complex when they came to play, placing the food under the twinkling lights of the 15’ high pickleball Christmas tree.
The food was weighed prior to being delivered, and an impressive 1194 pounds were counted. Combined with the previous two years, that’s more than 3,000 lbs of food helping the Vernon community through the Salvation Army Food Bank/ House of Hope. VPA member, Marco Longley, has spear-headed the initiative for the last three years, and is also the creator and builder of the pickleball Christmas tree consisting of over 800 broken pickleballs.
The spirit of giving at Christmas time, and throughout the year, is what makes the Vernon Pickleball Association a very special Pickleball community with a strong sense of belonging, sportsmanship and friendship.
For more information about the Vernon Pickleball Association, please go to www.vernonpickleball.com
Pictures courtesy of Anne Longley:
Left (top on mobile) a picture of us at the Vernon Salvation Army Food Bank after dropping off the food. L to R VPA members: Bob Tutush, Anne Longley, Marco Longley and Bruce Imrie
Center (middle on mobile) at the courts weighing the food with Winston Seto and Marco Longley
Right (bottom on mobile) Marco with the talley!!
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