This Christmas season is the time of year to count our blessings.
As the MLA for River East, I feel privileged to represent such a vibrant and giving community where people care so much for each other. Churches, schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals all find ways to help those who may not be as fortunate.
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and many other meaningful holidays, our lives can become hectic and stressful trying to fit everything into our busy schedules. However, the generous people in River East, year after year, continue to rise to the challenge. Many of you find ways to help others experience the joys that come with sharing holiday meals, gifts, and special times with friends and loved ones.
I feel fortunate to be included in many charitable events and fundraisers in our community. I see so many good things happen throughout the year, but the outpouring of support and goodwill at Christmastime, our most festive season, is truly evident.
Annually, I host an open house at my constituency office in McIvor Mall. Last Saturday many constituents stopped in to visit and dropped off non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys that will be packaged into hampers for families in need right here in River East. If you weren’t able to make it, you can still contribute to the hampers until Dec. 20.
Thanks to all of you who take time out of your busy lives to help others during the holidays and all year. Without your generous spirit, Christmas would be a lot less happy for many families.
The Christmas Season is a time to enjoy the best gifts of all: family and friends. I wish you peace, joy and happiness this Christmas and throughout the New Year.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!