Offers of help poured in from Campbell Riverites as I waited by my disabled vehicle

We experienced our first snowfall of this year on Jan. 8. Around 3:15 p.m. I was driving our vehicle north on South Alder Street when I made a right turn onto Nelson Street.

I was travelling very slowly, however, my vehicle slid across the street and struck the curb. I knew the vehicle would have been damaged but I could still drive it so decided to drive home and then contact a tow truck if that would be necessary. I turned onto Eden Street and after travelling about a block my vehicle suddenly stopped. When I exited the vehicle I could see that the front wheel, on the drivers side, was at about a 45 degree angle.

My wife was wish me and we contacted BCAA for a tow truck as well as ICBC. My vehicle had stopped in the travel portion of the street and I therefore remained in it with the four-way flashers on. My wife walked to our home and I remained in the vehicle. At this point I did not realize it would be several hours before my vehicle would be towed away. (This was not the fault of the tow truck. Initially we had provided them with an incorrect of our location.)

While I was waiting I spoke to a number of people who offered me coffee, to come into their homes, tow my vehicle off the street, as well as other forms of assistance. The ages of these people ranged from teenagers to retired people.

Later on in the evening a grade 12 student from Timberline Secondary School brought me supper. She then returned in a very short time and apologized for not bringing me water in the first place. She then offered me a bottle of water. She mentioned that she knew I had been in my vehicle for a very long time and was no doubt getting hungry. What a thoughtful gesture. I was so impressed.

I would like to thank everyone that offered me assistance. What a great group of people. I am so fortunate to have retired in this community.

Terry Hluska

Campbell River

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