As the holiday season approaches, I am reminded of something my father told me years ago that still sticks with me: Christmas is a time to think and do something for others around you.
With that in mind, I would like others in our Comox Valley to consider action with reference to the above in two local ways.
First, consider supporting a local non-profit charity such as YANA (You are Not Alone) or other such local charities that help those in need here in our Valley!
Second, consider shopping locally, supporting small businesses.
A recent presentation in Courtenay entitled the 10-per-cent shift highlighted the tremendous direct and indirect economic spinoff benefits to communities that support small local businesses revolving around keeping dollars at home, sustaining jobs and indirectly local services, hence sustaining vibrant communities.
In the end, we should be all about community especially during this special time of year. Please consider these two small gestures as a way to celebrate the Christmas spirit of giving and sharing.