Editorial – Food Drive

Editorial for Dec. 17 focusing the amount of generosity in the Elk Valley.

On Dec. 3, the paramedics and firemen donned their uniforms and headed out into the evening with sirens blaring, indicating the start of their annual food drive in support of the Salvation Army Food Bank. With vehicles full the donations were returned to the Food Bank where yet more volunteers were on hand to sort them.

With the need in the Valley growing every year, Major’s Gwen and James Hagglund of the Salvation Army are pleased with the results of last Thursday’s Ambulance and Fire Department food drive. Once again, the citizens of Fernie rose to the challenge, even exceeding last year’s donations by approximately 25 per cent.

This will help to sustain those in need for a longer period of time, however the Food Bank will continue to require more donations throughout the year, and the residents and businesses of Fernie will again offer their support.

This generosity of time, donations, and spirit is evident throughout the year in our community. From the unbelievable outpouring of community support for the “Smiles for Shyanne” fundraiser earlier this year, to the support of businesses and citizens for the upcoming Wallman benefit, and every sporting tournament and fundraiser in between, Fernie opens its heart.

The support and donations come in all forms, including monetary, goods and services and time. The generosity in this community never ceases to amaze me, not only during the holidays but all year round.

Recently Mayor Mary Giuliano hosted an appreciation luncheon for all of the many volunteers in the community, which was a wonderful tribute to those who work hard all throughout the year.

Our community is a tapestry that is woven together with people from all walks of life, a variety of countries, and a multitude of backgrounds and beliefs, however when the time comes, the fibers of the community blanket pull tightly together to support our own.

I am forever grateful for my neighbours, friends and community. I am proud to call Fernie my home.