All I wanted to do is help

Letters to the Editor

All I wanted to do all day long today Is help in any way possible, but I knew having my kids with me and no sitter I would be more of a hassle down there then help. So I thought I would phone a few people and see if they could donate some some food for these amazing volunteers. Its the very least I could do.

Well, I phoned a local fast food restaurant in Fernie and asked them If there was anyway they could donate any sort of food or drink to the family and volunteers of the missing three-year-old boy.

Well, it was a huge ordeal for me to get it across to them that a three-year-old boy is missing and there are at least 100 volunteers and more helping this family to find their baby boy. They said come on in. So I went down expecting to get even just the juice donated, as a stay home mom with two kids living on a single income sometimes we have just enough money to stay a float. I went to the front and asked about the juice and they wanted a deposit and wanted me to pay for the juice as well. I looked at them in disbelief and disappointment and started to cry. I repeated myself over and over ‘You can’t donate? this is pennies to you!’ She the manager replied, ‘It’s not my problem, It’s a family problem. If this happened to me, I would not look to get donations.’ I burst out into tears having a three-year-old as my own, I know I would look for all the help I could get. From volunteers, police, to feeding all the lovely kind people helping me. As I started to cry and get a bit louder a gentlemen (Management not known) piped up and said I can give you the juice but still need a deposit of $50. I don’t have $50 to give, just my time trying to find someone anyone to help feed or hydrate these amazing volunteers. She made me feel like I was asking for free food, not help. As a mom of two I can say I am clearly disappointed in this manager. She will never get my business again.

My heart and prayers go out to this family and that the boy returns home safe to his mom and dad.

Overwaitea in Sparwood donated food along with many other amazing people