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Creston's harvest of goodness Shamattawa RCMP detachment

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How they're sharing the

Christmas spirit:

Sgt. Shayne Smith received about 20 to 30 boxes of gifts from the community of Creston, B.C., to distribute in the remote First Nation, as well as hundreds of apples.

The detachment also helped out with transportation costs of getting the goods into the community.

"This is our second year in partnership with the kind folks in Creston, B.C.," said Smith.

"This was an initiative borne simply out of the goodness of their hearts. This wasn't something that we approached them on. One of the previous Shamattawa detachment members was actually visiting family, and had the opportunity to share some of the stories of Shamattawa, outlining the social and economic hardships that are specific to many of the First Nations communities. And having heard this, some of the citizens in Creston got together and discussed how they could help the community, and one of the ways was with their fall harvest, and it just went from there."

How you can help spread the Christmas spirit:

"There are the obvious social and economic issues that are faced by the community, and if there is anything that anyone's willing to donate, certainly they can give us a call and we can look at arranging it."

 

Their Christmas wish:

"For everyone to have safe and happy holidays."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 13, 2011 B2

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