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Halfmoon Happenings: Spotlight on…the spirit of giving

And, time for the holiday Neighbours Helping Neighbours fundraiser
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Holiday hampers are part of the HBCA’s annual holiday fundraiser.

As you prepare your holiday lists, remember to include helping those who would benefit from your benevolence. Mark Nepo, in his book The One Life We’re Given writes that “Our fate is to be a constant carrier of abundance to wherever we find need.” 

Sometimes we don’t see the need out there, it can be hidden from view, but sadly it does exist. There are many organizations who work tirelessly to provide for those less fortunate and they rely on our generosity to help them fulfill their mission to ensure that no one is overlooked. Information on how you can help is readily available – look in the Coast Reporter, online, or by talking to people in your personal and social networks. 

This week, the Halfmoon Bay Community Association is launching its annual holiday fundraiser from Nov. 22 to Dec. 22: Neighbours Helping Neighbours, which supports the Halfmoon Bay Community School. Funds raised go towards programs offered throughout the school year including a daily breakfast and lunch service and, during the holiday season, boxes for youth and hampers to residents who could use some holiday cheer. Fundraiser information can be found at www.halfmoon-bay.ca as well as on social media. If you want to nominate someone to receive a Holiday Hamper, please be assured that this program is totally confidential. Reach out to Wendy White by Dec. 8 at wwhite@sd46.bc.ca or call her at 604-551-8461. 

Many individuals serve their community by becoming elected officials. School trustees ensure that the school system reflects the priorities, values and expectations of the communities they are serving. School District by-election for Area 1 (SCRD Area’s A and B) advance voting in Halfmoon Bay is Nov. 29 at Coopers Green Hall, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and on Dec. 6 at Pender Harbour Community School. Election day is Dec. 9 at Coopers Green Hall and the PH Community School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Details including candidate information can be found at sd46.bc.ca/2023-school-trustee-by-election/. 

I’d like to leave you with this…I was moved by an extraordinary statement made by Lynne Twist, a global visionary, at her 2017 Soul of Money presentation. “I have discovered that the radical surprising truth about life is sufficiency. You are enough, I am enough and when we recognize that we have more than enough, then we realize that that’s for everybody else.” 

If you have a community event or story you would like to share, please email me at mcmahonlinda8138@gmail.com.