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Sparwood community seeks support for long-time resident
“We will help" stands out in bold on the poster circulating throughout Sparwood as a local man suffering from lung cancer can no longer face his struggles alone, and his friends are seeking community support for help.
Merv Miller, a long time, and well recognized Sparwood resident may be facing his last Christmas, and friends want to show him how much he is cared for. After seeing his health decline, and realizing his financial stress and worry, Miller's friend Angel Hutton, knew she couldn't just stand by and watch.
"I am putting together this fundraiser to help him back on his feet, so he can relax for what remaining days he has left and to show him he's not all alone anymore just fading in a apartment, forgotten,” said Hutton. “Merv has been such a big part of the community and has put a smile on many people's faces. Now I feel he deserves to know that he's loved and supported.
"Merv is falling behind on rent and has lost a lot of weight and strength, so money, food and clothing, are just a few of the things he needs. Mostly, to know he is not alone, and to see a community that loves and cares about him is really something that would bring so much light into his life right now.”
The fundraiser is set to be held on Friday, December 13 beginning at 6 pm at the Sparwood Legion, where donated beef on a bun will be sold. Due Clause Trio will be performing at 9 pm and high hopes are held that this fundraiser will give Merv the chance to rest.
"He's a very simple man who refuses to ask for help; any help given would really make such a big difference to him,” said Hutton. “Also, he mentions how much he misses his family, so if anyone has pictures of them and could put them in a card, he would really appreciate it. I know this time of year is tight for everyone. I hope though, if everyone can give just a little, it will make a huge impact. Even just a simple card, letter or home cooked meal would make Merv smile, and that is all we want to do," said Hutton.
For those unable to make it to the fundraiser, a card, letter or donation can be mailed to Merv Miller at PO Box 555 Sparwood, B.C. V0B 2G0. For more information Angel Hutton can be reached via Facebook or by phone or text at 1-780-228-6547.