Naomi McKimmie from the United Way Trail and District has distributed hundreds of free Life Kits for seniors throughout the city, including the Trail Legion, Pharmasave, Columbia Family Medicine and on Monday, to Pharmacist Linda Seib from Shoppers Drug Mart. Sheri Regnier photo

United Way offers free Life Kits for seniors

Life Kits are designed to be “Speaking for you when you cannot speak yourself”

Since 1928 the United Way of Trail and District has been supporting causes of benefit to the entire region.

The latest initiative is called a “Life Kit,” and is free to anyone 60 years of age or older and the disabled.

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The Life Kit is a plastic envelope which contains important personal and medical information about a person. The form is easy to read and fill out, and includes questions about who should be contacted in case of emergency as well as details on medications and health history.

Once the two-sided sheet is completed, the form should be placed in the top right-hand side of your fridge. The stickers are to be placed on your front door and fridge.

In the event of a personal emergency, First Responders will immediately know that all your information is in one place. The kit is a one-point of reference package that could provide vital information to emergency personnel in a very timely manner.

For more information or to schedule a presentation to a community group, contact Naomi McKimmie, executive director for the United Way Trail and District, at 250.364.0999 or email

For 90 years the United Way has been supporting Greater Trail non-profits, organizations and countless local initiatives as a way to support healthy, caring and inclusive communities.

Work is focused in three areas, described as: “All kids can be,” by providing opportunities for children and youth to reach their full potential; “From poverty to possibility,” by embracing opportunities for individuals to move out of poverty and thrive; and “Healthy people, strong communities,” by supporting people and communities to be healthy and strong so they are able to respond to both challenges and opportunities.

“Our stable foundation has been built by committed volunteers and generous support of individuals and businesses who have made an investment in the United Way and our communities,” the group states.

“Through these collective efforts, we have come a stable funding source for our member agencies and the people they serve within our communities. We believe everyone needs help, that everyone can help and the United Way will continue to be the vehicle in building safe supportive communities.”

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