Our small town spirit shone for recent Community Connect Day in Nelson. The yearly event creates an opportunity to bring people together and to benefit those who are struggling to make ends meet.
In mid-December, 23 different services and activities were offered free and right on site in Central School gym. There was an abundance of helpful people, food, music and smiling faces.
“It was such a breath of fresh air to see a community reaching out to those in need” says local dentist Dr. Matt Osepchook, “I enjoyed being involved.”
Osepchook volunteered with two hygienists to provide 36 basic dental exams. His clinic also generously donated follow up dental work.
“It’s rewarding,” said Hannah Hadikin, who set up a free store on-site with an abundance of warm clothing for men, women and children, all compliments of the Women’s Centre and Stepping Stones.
Even the Nelson Fire Department got involved, bringing the fire truck down and offering tours for the kids.
“We were overwhelmed by the incredible kindness and giving of our community,” says event organizer Katie Tabor with the Nelson Committee on Homelessness.
Heartfelt appreciation goes out to over 50 community members and service providers, as well as 18 groups including agencies and businesses, who contributed to make the day possible.
Generosity from the Nelson business community came through in donations for the day. Oso Negro, Thor’s Pizza, The Royal Bank, Save-On Foods, Mountain Waters Spa, Waves Hair Design, Kootenay Bakery, Cowan’s and Otter Books all took part.
To get involved in next year’s event, contact Katie Tabor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.352.6011 ext. 19