Community spirit comes in many forms and Therese Houston and her husband Rich, longtime residents of Windsor Park, have the perfect way to celebrate Canada Day with friends and neighbours.
For seven years now, the Houston family has hosted a fireworks display in Vincent Massey Park on July 1. Everyone in the neighbourhood is welcome to come and people were encouraged to bring an item of food for Winnipeg Harvest. And what a party it was!
I arrived at the park a few minutes before 10 p.m., the scheduled start time for the fireworks show. Even from a few blocks away, I could hear the dance music playing and the crowd whooping with excitement as show time approached.
The closer I got to the park entrance, the busier the sidewalks became. Families, couples, and groups of young people mixed with seniors, folks out walking their dogs, and others who came with blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. Children squealed with delight as they ran and played on the grass and the nearby play structures. At a nearby table, must-have Canada Day gear such as pins and flags were available for purchase.
Several hundred people were in attendance to watch the spectacular light show, which lasted for about 20 to 30 minutes, and was accompanied by rocking tunes provided by local Windsor Park DJ (and nearby neighbour to the Houston family) G & L Music Services. Everyone appeared to have a great time! A big thank-you to the Houston family, including sons Erik, Kyle, and Jared for generously donating their time and providing the fireworks for this great community event!
This year, the Houston family raised 589 pounds of food and more than $175 dollars for Winnipeg Harvest, over 50 pounds more than was collected the previous year.
Therese told me, "Over the years, we have collected 1,800 pounds of food and $256.25 in cash. The community of Windsor Park has done such an amazing job!"
Thanks to everyone who brought a food item for Winnipeg Harvest. Donating is a great way to give back to the community, and Winnipeg Harvest is always in need of non-perishable food supplies. For a list of needed food items, visit http://winnipegharvest.org/10-most-wanted-food-items.
Heather Tiede is a community correspondent for Windsor Park. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.