Giving helps getting in the Christmas spirit

Maple Bay – Christmas has always been a special time of year for our family. However I have found that it is easy to become a little jaded when stores begin playing carols and flogging merchandise before the last days of October.

This year I discovered just the antidote to banish my inner “Grinch” from infecting my Christmas spirit. The coordinator of the annual Salvation Army Kettle Drive collared me to spend a few hours helping the

cause. It was an uplifting experience. I was taken by the generosity of the people of the Cowichan Valley many of whom wrote cheques for the kettle and, as a result, will receive a tax receipt for their donation. There was a genuine appreciation shown for the Salvation Army and its many good causes.

Hats off to coordinator Don Bazinet who has spent many hours finding bodies to man the kettles. If you have a couple of hours to spare I strongly encourage you to give Don a call at 250-732-2275. You will come away much richer for the experience and “in the Christmas spirit”.

Bob Lewis Maple Bay

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