Keep being you Campbell River

We say: Giving is a way of life around here all year long

Whether you say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays,” or some other festive greeting that aligns with your beliefs and traditions, the Mirror would like to officially wish you a very hearty, “Right back atcha!”

This holiday season, we at the Mirror are celebrating the community itself.

We take great pride in telling you what’s happening around you in the Campbell River area, and we take particular pride in watching – and telling others – as you step up to the plate and help each other.

This time of year is easy to see the community coming together.

Whether it’s the outpouring of support for initiatives like the Knights of Columbus Christmas Hamper Fund – who gave out almost 1,200 hampers this year – or the tags coming off the Angel Tree in the lobby of the Discovery Inn, later to be replaced with gifts for vulnerable children within our community, to the kettles full of change and bills outside the city’s grocery stores, Campbell River certainly steps up to make a difference, and we are proud to be a part of that type of community.

And it’s not just the annual Christmas drives that benefit from being surrounded by such an amazing group of people like we have here in Campbell River.

It’s heartwarming to see the outpouring of support from the community when someone loses their apartment to fire, as happened on 7th Avenue a few weeks ago.

It’s wonderful to watch the community come together to gather their recyclables to support the Sea Cadets after they had theirs stolen in a break in back in the summer.

The Grassroots Kind Hearts initiative has trouble, at times, keeping up with the number of donations flowing in, but they manage to do so because those donations, in part, are of people’s time and energy to help them.

Campbell River is a place where people try to take care of each other – where it’s not always about “me first.”

And we’re showing the next generation that giving is better than receiving, as well, through initiatives like Everybody Deserves a Smile, where the students of Southgate Middle School collected and distributed goods to those less fortunate in our community while learning about the social issues that lead to inequality and the struggle of some vulnerable people among us.

We’re hoping we keep seeing that as we go through 2016, and we have no doubt that we will.

One of the most consistent things we hear when working on stories to share is some variation of, “When the community hears something needs to be done, the community gets it done,” and that’s not something that goes away when the calendar gets replaced on the wall.

That’s a state of being. That’s the way we are.

We’re proud of you, Campbell River.

And we’re proud to be part of you.

 

Just Posted

Stone re-joins Campbell River Storm as head coach/GM

Spent half of last season with the BCHL Surrey Eagles

Removal of old Elk Falls parking lots underway

Already replaced by the new access to the suspension bridge

Campbell River city council won’t support cannabis license, citing First Nation opposition and ‘at-risk youth’ nearby

The third application to come before council is the first to be denied city support

Former Campbell Riverite reaches Everest summit

Clayton Matthews’ team got to the top of the world earlier this week

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Serious crash scatters pylons, closes highway lanes on mid Island

Crash happened at 1 a.m. Wednesday on the Trans-Canada Highway in Nanaimo

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Christmas morning burglar sentenced on Vancouver Island

Justin Redmond Feusse, 20, sentenced to 240 days in jail for Dec. 25 break-and-enter

So, do you know ‘Dave from Vancouver Island’?

Ontario man searching for fellow he travelled with in Europe 50 years ago

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Most Read