Amanda Bos' four children, Nevaeh, Brieanna, Maria, and Dylan, had their picture taken with Santa before the family's West Kelowna home was flooded by a burst water pipe.
Amanda Bos lost virtually all of her four children's clothes, and several pieces of furniture, when the basement in her rented home was flooded by a burst water pipe.
"The kids have been wearing pretty much the same clothes since this happened," Bos, 29, said Sunday.
The family was out of the home last Wednesday when water began pouring into the basement from the ruptured pipe. Since the home doesn't have a basement drain, the water rose six inches before the flood was discovered.
Two bedrooms, a rec room, and the laundry room were flooded. Bos and her kids spent Wednesday night in a hotel provided by the Salvation Army, and they were at her dad's home in Falkland over the weekend.
"The family really doesn't have much to begin with, and now they've had this happen to them," said Marlene Vandale, grandmother to one of Amanda's children. "They need pretty much everything - clothes, furniture, bedding, you name it."
The low-income family had already been approved for a Christmas hamper from the West Kelowna food bank, which will be delivered to them today.
"The hamper includes a lot of toys for the kids, so that's great that they'll still have those for Christmas," Bos said. "But it'd be nice to get them some new clothes."
A trust fund for Amanda Bos will be set up today. People can make donations through any branch of Valley First Credit Unions.
Bos has already found another place to live and expects to move into the family's new home after Christmas.