Tbnewswatch Opinion
2012-08-10 at NOON

Editorial: Small act, big gesture


Alex Atwill is a shining example to us all.

The nine-year-old selflessly asked his friends to forgo giving him birthday presents at his recent party.

Instead, having heard about all the little boys and girls in Thunder?Bay who lost everything in the May 28 flood, the youngster asked his friends to bring him money.

Alex knew by giving that money to the Disaster Relief Committee’s fundraising efforts, through two-for-one matching by the province, the $200 he got would turn into $600.

In the whole scheme of things, it’s a drop in the bucket.

The city is trying to raise $5 million before year’s end, to meet the demands of residents afflicted by the flood and subsequent sewage back up.

Given that the United Way asked for – and barely reached – $2.5 million last year, a charity Thunder Bay residents are used to donating to each year, it’s a tall order.

But, as young Alex showed, it’s something everyone can lend a helping hand to, if only they try.

No donation is too big or too small, says campaign co-chairwoman Lynn Peterson.

At last count, the fund stood at $804,000. That’s a long way from $5 million.

A long way. If you can find a way to help, please do. It’s your friends and neighbours who need the help.


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