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

Ryder helping others stay dry for holiday season

Raised more than $4,200 to purchase boots and winter gear for people living in poverty in Maple Ridge.

B.C. to move salmon farms out of coastal migration route

Broughton Archipelago plan set to start in spring of 2019

Maple Ridge asks more about backyard chickens

Report says people positive about poultry

Burrards named to Warriors opening roster

Five Maple Ridge WLA players make the Vancouver NLL team

Pitt Meadows approves hiring two more career firefighters

Will fit into 5.75 per cent tax increase, says CAO

Ridge hospital foundation helps with mental health

Donates a possible $500k for youth wellness

High winds force several BC Ferries sailing cancellations

Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay, and Duke Point to Tsawwassen among closures

Facebook reveals bug gave apps unauthorized access to 6.8 million users’ photos

It’s believed up to 1,500 apps built by 876 developers had access to Facebook Stories, private photos

Lower-than-expected parcel volumes helping cut into backlog, says Canada Post

The Crown corporation says that’s largely because it is taking in fewer holiday parcels than expected

Trapped B.C. crash survivor celebrates second chance at life

“Life is good now. It’s good to be alive.”

B.C. to move salmon farms out of coastal migration route

Broughton Archipelago plan set to start in spring of 2019

Vancouver police make arrest in hit and run that killed skateboarder

Charges stem from a two-year investigation into the April 17 death of 30-year-old Ryan Barron

5 to start your day

Powerful winds anticipated in Lower Mainland, Chilliwack company facing charges in chicken abuse case and more

Increase in downed power lines in B.C., how to stay safe

BC Hydro study finds a third of British Columbians may be putting themselves at risk

Most Read