The real spirit of the season

Drop your change into the Salvation Christmas Kettle, sponsor a family in need, and donate much needed clothes and food to the food bank

Editor:

I am an adult, grade 12 English student and was given a recent assignment to report on a local, current, and controversial news story. I selected Oppenheimer Park and the recent “tent city” protesting that took place this summer. As I investigated the depths of the story, I realized I was sympathetic to the cries for help from the homeless.

As we all know our Christmas season is rapidly approaching. We will all be wondering what special gifts to buy our loved ones. For a homeless person, there is little to celebrate. Their needs are basic: warm clothing, non perishable foods, and toiletries. I would like to challenge the citizens of this city to simplify their gift giving, and donate to the homeless. Leave the Coach purses and Prada ties in the stores this season.

Drop your change into the Salvation Christmas Kettle, sponsor a family in need, and donate much needed clothes and food to the local food bank. Open your hearts, and your wallets, get involved. Small acts of kindness can make a big difference to someone in need.

Kristen Dwviniczuk

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