Pay­ing it for­ward

Res­i­dent gives back to the com­mu­nity that helped her

The Goderich Signal-Star - - News - KATH­LEEN SMITH

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

KATH­LEEN SMITH/GODERICH SIG­NAL STAR

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.

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