Ella Dyke and Noah Verde put together a care package for a stranger last month

Local youth get into the spirit of giving

Kids make care package for homeless person living near downtown Courtenay

  • Dec. 6, 2016 7:00 a.m.

Erin Haluschak

Record staff

Trina McNeice was under the impression her son and his friend were off to get dinner at a local fast food restaurant in Courtenay.

What transpired during dinner brings McNeice to tears.

McNeice was manning a table at the Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire last month when her son Noah Verde and his friend Ella Dyck – both 12 – found “a home of a homeless person near the bridge,” on the way to dinner, she explained.

When they returned, they asked McNeice (who owns Hornby Island Soap) for some soap and money. They wrote a note and returned to the “home” to place the donation  on top of the items and bags.

“It was the sweetest thing – they were both so determined to do something,” said McNeice. “They went back the next day and the bag was gone.”

She noted being aware of those less fortunate in the Comox Valley community is important, as she has taken Noah and Ella in past years to volunteer at the Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner.

As a result of their good will, McNeice noted the pair now want to start their own charity called Even Kids Can Help.

“They now want to walk around town and give hope to all the homeless people.”

 

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