The community’s gift of kindness is paying off.
The City of Delta announced this week the success so far of Delta's Kindness Meter Program.
At the Nov. 14th council meeting, acting mayor Coun. Dylan Kruger announced on World Kindness Day that the program, started in 2021, has raised close to $3,000 so far to support Delta’s Emergency Weather Shelter Program and the Starfish Food Program for school-aged children.
The initiative is a partnership with the Delta School District, Delta's Community Resilience and Economic Recovery Support Team (CRERST) and the Delta Community Foundation.
Aimed at supporting community resilience and promote public art, the program sees the repurposing of five decommissioned double-headed parking meters obtained from another municipality to collect spare change for local service groups.
To promote and encourage youth engagement and public art, local high school student artists were invited to design and paint the meters while incorporating the themes “We Love Delta” and “kindness”.
The meters are located at the North Delta Social Heart, Sungod Recreation Centre, Ladner Village, City Hall and the Tsawwassen Town Centre.
The artworks have been created by Ava Burbank from Burnsview Secondary, Kyla Dooley from Seaquam Secondary, Claire Peters from Delta Secondary, Jill Baccay from Delview Secondary and Ella Koehn from South Delta Secondary.
The Delta Community Foundation manage the collection and distribution of Kindness Meter donations on behalf of and at no cost to Delta.