Dick Tremblay writes a note to Ryder Moore thanking him for his pair of rainboots and other warm clothing that he received at the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries last Wednesday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Hundreds of homeless warmer this season thanks to the kindness of Maple Ridge boy

Ryder Moore, 7, raised more than $3,000 to purchase rainboots and warm articles of clothing for people in need in Maple Ridge.

There are more warm and dry homeless people in Maple Ridge thanks to the kindness of a Grade 2 student from Kanaka Creek elementary.

Last Wednesday, Ryder Moore, with help from his parents Sarah and Mike Moore, handed out rain boots and other necessities for the winter months to people at the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries.

Moore raised $3,021 for the second annual Ryder’s Rainboots campaign.

He purchased 100 pairs of rain boots, 140 pairs of gloves, 100 pairs of socks, 100 toques, 120 pairs of underwear, 60 ponchos for men and women and 40 Muddy Buddy’s for children.

He also made handwritten cards and baked cookies for everyone who lined up to get clothing and boots.

Ryder developed the idea for the campaign after driving through the Downtown Eastside with his mom last year.

It was pouring rain.

“We starting talking about the factors that lead people to live on the streets – a very mature conversation for a six-year-old to have,” explained his mother at the time.

Ryder asked his mother how they could help. He was struck by the fact some people didn’t have shoes on and it was raining.

Dick Tremblay, who received his boots on Wednesday, was so touched by the young boy’s gift that he wrote him a message back.

On the envelope that held the card Ryder gave him, he wrote: “Ryder. These boots are just what this old fart needed. Nice warm dry feet. Son, love ya man.”

He signed it with his name, followed by his age – 63.

“Thank you my little buddy.”

 

Dick Tremblay writes a note to Ryder Moore thanking him for his pair of rainboots and other warm clothing that he received at the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries last Wednesday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Dick Tremblay reads the card Ryder Moore gave to him when he received his pair of rainboots and other warm clothing at the Salvation Army Ridge Meadows Ministries last Wednesday. (Colleen Flanagan/THE NEWS)

Just Posted

Maple Ridge car dealership staff pursue man who stole keys

Large police presence after suspect fled through backyards

Letter: Chance for a better life

I live three blocks from the Anita Place camp and have not had any problems with the there.

Jim Robson Road dedication part of Ridge Meadows Minor Hockey celebrations

John Shorthouse will join in 50th anniversary event in Maple Ridge

Untrending: With Facebook changes, what’s a business to do?

Build community by crafting an online challenge that compels action.

In Education: Weeding through post-secondary options

What sets apart universities, colleges, and institutes, aside from the names?

Maple Ridge residents rally against homeless shelter

Say facility is poorly placed near a residential neighbourhood, schools

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

Flames fall to Pilots in overtime

Ridge Meadows still leads conference, with game in hand

VIDEO: Remember the Voyageurs at Fort Langley

Two-day historical festival underway

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Snow warning in effect for the Coquihalla

A snowfall warning is in effect from Hope to Merritt as slush and snow is expected on highways this weekend

Vancouver hoping free public Wi-Fi expansion will drive tourism dollars

Mayor Gregor Robertson says expansion bolsters its “leading Smart City” status

Most Read