Generosity should be applauded
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