Kyllo: Giving where you live this holiday season

There are a number of groups in the Shuswap who do so much to help our most vulnerable residents.

By Greg Kyllo

MLA for Shuswap

The holiday season is upon us, and it’s a timely reminder to count our many blessings and give what we can to organizations who support those in need.

There are a number of groups in the Shuswap who do so much to help our most vulnerable residents.

Our local food banks are always there to help individuals and families who are going through challenging times in their lives. Our food banks seem to be facing more pressure each year and one great way to support them is by attending the annual CP Holiday Train event.

This year, the CP Holiday Train is marking 20 years of collecting food and raising funds for food banks across Canada and the United States. While giving to those in need, this year’s attendees also get to enjoy some great entertainment courtesy of the Sam Roberts Band, Kelly Prescott and Tracey Brown as the train winds through Sicamous, Canoe, Salmon Arm and Notch Hill. A big thanks to CP for continuing to contribute so much to our communities.

We also recognize the efforts of organizations like the Salvation Army, whose bells and donation kettles are synonymous with Christmas. The reality is, just like our food banks they work all year to make life better for those in our community who need a little extra support.

Then there are groups like the Shuswap Community Foundation, which accepts funds from donors and turns them into much-needed grants for local charities. These projects enrich the quality of life throughout our region in a number of ways, supporting everything from social programs to the environment and arts.

These are just a few examples of local charities and organizations who are making our community stronger and supporting the people who need it most. Let’s all consider the big or small ways we can help make someone else’s life a little bit brighter this holiday season.

It’s also worth remembering that the smallest gifts can sometimes make the biggest impact. A smile, phone call or other small gesture can make a world of difference to someone who has a harder time getting through the holidays.

I wish all of my constituents a very Merry Christmas and all the best for a healthy and happy 2019.

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