Gen­eros­ity should be ap­plauded

Townsville Bulletin - - Letters -

YOU have to hand it to the peo­ple of the twin cities — Gar­butt’s Power fam­ily, who lost ev­ery­thing in a dev­as­tat­ing house fire on Satur­day af­ter­noon, have man­aged to en­joy a good Christ­mas de­spite the set­back — all thanks to the gen­eros­ity of spirit in this com­mu­nity. Tony Power and his wife Trudi and their two young sons Michael and Nathan may have been a lot worse off if it hadn’t been for that spirit. They have been sup­ported by fam­ily, peo­ple who live in their street, busi­nesses and char­i­ties. Much of the sup­port has come from peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions which will prob­a­bly never be known to the Pow­ers but their gen­uine sur­prise and grat­i­tude at the re­sponse en­com­passes all of them. So much so that the fam­ily has no plans to leave Gar­butt — even if it means a longer wait for an­other house. A num­ber of fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity will have strug­gled this Christ­mas through tragedy of one kind or an­other and it is grat­i­fy­ing to know that such a car­ing spirit ex­ists to help them in their time of need. Just as neigh­bours, friends and strangers com­bined to make the Pow­ers’ Christ­mas a lit­tle eas­ier to bear, oth­ers among us have taken time out from their own hol­i­days to help feed those whose lives have fallen on hard times. Their ef­forts, and that of all who have had any­thing at all to do with bring­ing hope and love to the lives of those less for­tu­nate than them­selves is to be ap­plauded, es­pe­cially at this time of the year.

Trudi and Tony Power

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