Don’t you get tired, or even depressed, reading and listening to all those “bad news” stories in the newspaper and on TV?
Well, this is a “good news” story. This Valley is generous beyond belief.
Many food banks in our province have very little or no food to dispense. Not so here. Our local stores — Safeway, Thrifty, Quality Foods, Extra, Superstore and now Costco — help the food bank tremendously.
Add to their donations the food drives from local businesses and schools, and in this season of mellow fruitfulness from people’s gardens and orchards. And it doesn’t stop there. People in this Valley are always giving.
I know that these hard economic times are having an effect because the lines at the food bank are getting longer and longer. And I’ve heard stories that some people take advantage of your generosity.
But believe me when I say that the people who line up for your gifts are so appreciative and so grateful for those donations. I’ve seen the tears of relief in the eyes of a single mom, with two kids trailing, when she sees what the food bank can offer her.
She says, “Thank you so much” to me, but what she really means is, “Thank you, Comox Valley.”