A Kelowna neighborhood has come together to prepare a gift basket for a local business tagged with racist graffiti.
Danielle Kozek, Realtor at Royal Lepage Kelowna, posted on Facebook a request for community donations to prepare a gift basket for the owner and staff members of Bon Ga, a local Korean restaurant on Glenmore Road. Bon Ga was vandalized on October 30 with swastikas, swear words and racist messages, prompting an RCMP investigation into the incident.
The gift basket was delivered on Friday, November 6, with the help of local children, families and business owners.
“Chocolates, wine, coffee, candles, t-shirts, gift cards galore and the list goes on. Almost 50 cards and the best ones, I must say, were from the children. We had guides, classrooms from Watson Road and Glenmore Elementary and lots of local kids participating,” Kozek wrote in a Facebook post.
Dozens of community members commented in messages of support on Kozek’s post, praising the community for coming together against the racist act.
Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran also denounced the incident.
“This kind of heinous vandalism is taken very seriously by the police and by the city of Kelowna,” he said. “On behalf of the entire community, I express our dismay at this disgusting display of ignorance. This despicable act, however, presents us with an opportunity to stick together and show that a narrow-minded person with a container of spray paint does not represent our community.