We are now into the holiday season with Christmas shopping, Christmas baking, craft sales, church services, Christmas concerts and homes and businesses well decorated. All of these activities provide opportunities for us to celebrate with family and friends.
Christmas is also a time for giving. Children are excited and wait in anticipation for the gifts that they will receive on Christmas morning. The happiness and excitement shows in their faces. It is important however, to remember that not all children are fortunate enough to experience this happiness and excitement and many of those children are here in our own communities.
Many of you do take this opportunity to “make” Christmas for the less fortunate. There is nothing more exciting than shopping for a family who you know is in need. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the appreciation on the faces of those who answer the door when you drop off their gifts.
We often forget that those in need may be our neighbours. One of the strengths of our province and its rural communities, is that people do care for one another. I encourage all of you to pause for a moment, think about the folks in your community and make a commitment to make some child’s Christmas morning something to remember. The gift may be small, but it may be the only gift that child receives and even though the gift is small, the reward is huge. The sense of satisfaction that you feel in your heart is one not easily forgotten. Your Christmas morning will be better knowing some child has a smile on their face.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your support and to wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season. Always remember…it is better to give than to receive.
Karen Casey, MLA