According to the Webster's dictionary, a valentines day card containing profession of love is sent out on Valentines day, so I thought it quite fitting for the TR Ministerial Association to use this day to pass on our thanks, love, and appreciation to the entire community of Tumbler Ridge.
In my opinion, givers are powerful people. They live a happy life full of joy and excitement and continuously encourage and put smiles on the faces of those around them. This year the Christmas Hamper Campaign experienced the aggressive giving nature of this community and I give thanks!
Tumbler Ridge should be proud as the entire community did unite to provide a joyful Christmas to 17 less fortunate families who by circumstance found themselves in need of assistance. The churches, business community, groups and organizations, residents and the non-resident workers banded together is a tremendous way and the goal for the hamper was surpassed enabling all needs to be met. Other organizations were blessed and there is a healthy bank account for future hamper use.
The Mayor's Food Drive provided 70 per cent of the food required to meet the hamper needs, the toy drop off sites were overflowing and the surplus toys were donated to the safehouse, women's shelter and foster care. Food from the Dawson Creek Salvation Army Food Drive was gifted back to their food bank.
Thanks to Tumbler Ridge News for their donation of space and ongoing advertising to get the message out there. Local business gave a total of $2,750. Groups and Organizations provided $6,160. Money poured in from silver collections, collection cans and residents. A special valentine goes to Shop Easy who provided a huge tree and to the army of volunteers who sat for hours selling angels to decorate it. Your efforts raised a total of $2,524.37.
In the spirit of giving, our furry friends were not overlooked and were provided with food, toys and treats from P.A.L.S. It is with confidence that I say "Tumbler Ridge, we have shown what it takes to step out boldly, rise to the challenge and be confident by seeking out projects that are rewarded by the smiles of those within our community."
It is my hope that we may continue to experience the love that captured our hearts during the Christmas Hamper Campaign and carry it to new heights that it may have limitless bounds this Valentines Day and throughout the year.
Thanks again for the outpouring of love and placing smiles on so many faces!
My love I give to you.?
Joanne Liebelt on behalf of the TR Ministerial Association