Paying it forward
Resident gives back to the community that helped her
Using community services during hard times is a necessity for many, especially during the holiday season. For local Amy Ban, it was time to give back to the community and services for those in need, which helped her when she was a working, single mom working on post secondary education.
It is a goal that this project becomes an annual tradition to give back to community and volunteer-based services such as St. Vincent de Paul.
“It was really important to me to give back and to show my kids compassion during the Christmas holidays,” admitted Ban. Ban hit the pavement, knocking on doors of local businesses to tell her story and search for donations for her project.
Collecting generous donations ranging from funds and items, Ban set her project in motion.
In early days of planning her project to give back to the community that helped her turn her life around, the plans were to offer turkey dinners on Christmas Day. Due to obstacles such as Health and Safety and privacy of individuals, that plan was thwarted. Ban contacted Raders, one of the donors to the project, and the meals were prepared in individual containers and kept in the freezers at St. Vincent de Paul, Goderich.
“It’s so heart-warming to see someone who has come so far who is now giving to other people. That’s what life is supposed to be about,” Pat Clifford of St. Vincent de Paul commented. “This young lady has turned her whole life around and started giving of herself and teaching her children. She’s turned into a beautiful human being and a lovely person.”
Through monetary donations and the meal-prep of turkey dinners, Amy Ban and those who donated to the project were able to feed a total of 69 individuals through her passionate determination to give back to the community. According to Clifford, many clients of St. Vincent de Paul are unable to cook for a myriad of reasons. The generosity of donors and Ban to give back and provide turkey dinners to strangers in need is a treat for those clients. Due to the brainchild of Amy Ban to give back to services that helped in her time of need and the generous participation by donors, others in need enjoyed a Christmas meal.
Donors to the project included: Talbot Realty, Huron County OPP, Dejardins Insurance, John De Jager Pharmacy, Wholesales Jewellers, and Raders.
In addition to the 69 meals available for those in need during the holiday season, Ban also handed over a generous monetary donation to St. Vincent de Paul, collected from various donors including her self and family.
Ban and Clifford plan to get together and brainstorm in the New Year, with the goal in mind for this project to become an annual tradition of giving back and giving to those in need during the Christmas holidays. For more information on how to get involved, contact Amy Ban: [email protected]tel.on.ca
A rather unique donation was organized and made to St. Vincent de Paul over the holidays by Amy Ban. (L-R): Kevin Talbot, Julie Talbot, Bryson Ban, Mikayla Ban, Amy Ban, Pat Clifford and Anne-Marie Foucault. (Absent: Sergeant Nesbitt). Ban would also like to acknowledge the help she received from Cindy Postill, who helped deliver the goods.