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Community spirit shines bright


This is a time of year when itís difficult not to run around blubbering like a baby beluga. It seems that week after week thereís another stirring story guaranteed to warm even the Scroogiest of hearts.

Last Friday we sounded the alarm that donations to our own wonderful Elves Club were down several thousands of dollars over the past few years. No sooner had Coast Reporter hit the streets than the donations started pouring in. For Elves Club president Lynn Nestman, the generosity was almost overwhelming. Suddenly the hampers the club could supply went from being Christmas dinner and Boxing Day breakfast to several days worth of festive food.

The good news doesnít stop there. There were massive donations of Christmas candy and many more toys for good little boys and girls. In fact, Nestman was heard to say on Dec. 14 just how thrilled she was that the temporary store the Elves were using was filled to the gunnels with toys.

None of this surprises anyone who works in our office. Month after month we have the good fortune to see the kindness Coasters exude first hand. In the spirit of the season, we tip our hats to some of the many individuals and organizations that provide the sunshine our Coast thrives on.

All of us long to stamp out cancer. We continue to be one of the largest supporters in the province of the Cops for Cancer initiative. One of the biggest fundraisers, the Ladies Red Serge Gala, continues year after year to be a huge hit. This year was no exception. We hope Santa is especially good to Catherine and Hugh Gadsby and their merry band of workers ó long may they enjoy good health.

Another group unique to the Coast that continues to harness the power of women to do its good work ó†the Ruby Slipper Fund ó has eased the stress of many a cancer patient on the Coast over the past year. Started to honour the memory of their friend Patsy Rothenbush, the fund has financed a cancer support group in addition to helping individuals over the past year. And considering that most of the money raised comes from a mammoth shoe/bag/jewelry extravaganza, itís pretty darn amazing what the feminine love of fashion can do. We hope Santa is a fashionista.

The Lions Clubs on the Coast have roared for good causes for almost 50 years. Itís impossible to list the many good things theyíve done. Theyíre simply purrfect in our book.

Hats off to the four Rotary Clubs on the Coast for the many ways they enrich our community too. From helping herring eggs survive to providing thousands of dollars of scholarships to deserving students and everything in between, Rotarians care.

Cheers to the many folks who organize ad hoc fundraisers held each year to help kids struggling with enormous health issues, aid countries half a world away feeling the wrath of Mother Nature and serve the forgotten critters of our area.

Weíre proud to serve such a wonderful part of the world.



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