The arrival of Santa at the Winter Lights parade set off the season of giving in Williams Lake. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

The arrival of Santa at the Winter Lights parade set off the season of giving in Williams Lake. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

EDITORIAL: To give and receive

Generosity in Williams Lake continues to unfold

We are in the heart of the giving season, and there is certainly no shortage of that spirit here in Williams Lake.

Recently we witnessed the efforts of many to pull off the annual Christmas Wish Breakfast. The event saw hundreds attend the breakfast and drop off a cash or toy donation for children in need. More than a thousand gifts are given out every year to service providers by the Cariboo Chilcotin Child Development Centre (CDC) thanks to the Wish Breakfast to be given to families so they may have a nice Christmas.

The Williams Lake Hospice Society provided a service earlier this month for those in need of support this year with the Memory Tree Celebration. As we know, Christmas can be a difficult time for those experiencing a loss and providing some support during that difficult time is a priceless gift.

Last week we also witnessed the heartwarming efforts of so many at the annual Yuletide Dinner.

The event is a team effort in every sense of the word, with the CDC joining forces with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and chef Brice O’Neill to serve literally hundreds of meals to appreciative families in Williams Lake Wednesday evening.

What is beautiful about this event is that the volunteers spare no expense in creating a delicious home-cooked meal of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing fit for a king and loved by all. They also provide background dinner music, lovely Christmas decorations, gifts and kinship, which adds to the evening and makes it special for all.

At the last city council meeting before Christmas on Tuesday, Dec. 19, council will be honouring the two men who stopped the bank robbery in progress last month.

It’s nice to see the city recognize the efforts of community members who are willing to step up when required.

If the City were to take on the onerous task of honouring every hero who made a difference in Williams Lake this year, recipients would be lined up around the block. We think that’s a good problem to have.

– Williams Lake Tribune

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