I recently found myself at a great disadvantage and had to rely on the services for the homeless in Kamloops.
It was a short stay at the Emerald Place (one night) and The Mustard Seed (one breakfast, one lunch), where I met some of the greatest and most helpful people in my 54 years of life in this beautiful province.
I was given much-needed gifts of mittens, tuques, meals, advice, hugs and words of encouragement that show all the incredible beauty of people. These are people who may not have much to give in the material aspect, but gave so very much to someone in need.
My need was short-lived and I was back on my feet and on my way home for the holidays in less than 24 hours.
I want to send a huge thank you to the staff at the downtown Kamloops Royal Bank branch, who spent two hours through numerous obstacles to reconnect me with my assets and get me on my way.
I also wish to thank the staff at Emerald House for their help on the night of Dec. 21 and Lorraine and friends at The Mustard Seed for their help on the day of Dec. 22.
And thanks to the fellow patron at the Emerald House who gifted me a beautiful little purse, some chocolate and two cigarettes because she thought I was beautiful and could use some cheering up.
Thanks, as well, to the staff at The Mustard Seed who took care of my things so I could walk downtown and get my banking in order and to the staff and patrons of The Mustard Seed, who stopped everything they were doing to make sure I caught the last Ebus out of Kamloops that day and got home to my family for the holidays.
I can’t thank you beautiful people enough. You have restored my faith in humanity and the Christmas spirit at a time when it was at an all-time low.
I have retold my story and have moved people to tears and joy at my brief journey. I can see how easily a person can have it all and, due to a few bad choices and bad luck, can end up in a tough situation.
I don’t ever want to hear anyone saying a bad word about folks down on their luck. Ever. It can all change so quickly and don’t ever think it can’t happen to you.
Be kind. Be safe. Share. Smile. Hug. Be the beauty that makes someone else want to carry on.
All the best to you and yours this holiday season. I know I am going to celebrate like never before.
Thank you, Kamloops.