With help from local businesses, a group of St. Davids families made a massive contribution to the Town’s 3-in-1 donation drive Saturday.
It was kind of a last-minute decision of three families who wanted to do something to contribute, says St. Davids resident Adriana Vizzari.
“We just wanted some small little way to help out at this time of year.”
Vizzari and friends Ronalda Clifton and Judith Atwood decided to organize a collection for the Town’s donation drive, and Shannon Passero of The Post Office, a boutique clothing store in Thorold, quickly jumped in and offered bags.
Advantage Restaurant Supply & Service, and Bloom & Co. also came onboard, donating bags, as did Sobey’s when approached.
The women made up a flyer, asking for support in the way of food, warm clothing, and gifts, and took their kids through a few St. Davids neighbourhoods to drop it off, stapled to the empty bags.
They asked residents to fill the bags with donations, and said they’d be back to pick them up.
“Turn on your holiday lights, put out your decorations, play your holiday music, and we will merrily collect all donations to help St. Davids give back this holiday season,” the flyer said.
Vizzari says the St. Davids community never ceases to amaze her with the way it turns out to help, but this time, it exceeded even her expectations.
With 200 full bags to pick up, she enlisted her two brothers and their trucks to help.
“People were waiting for us, really happy to see us. And the kids worked so hard.”
The youngsters also helped when they got to the community centre, carrying the bags from the vehicles to the front door.
“They were happy to be part of this. They really stuck with it. I think this young generation is going to be one to give back. They’re more aware of what’s around them. Maybe it’s because of COVID. I just feel they’re going to do great things.”