Dear Editor:

WOW! This valley deserves a HUGE pat on the back after the Christmas Craft Sale this past weekend. The generosity from locals, especially in these trying financial times, is nothing short of extraordinary. Wed never thought to share the amount of funds raised at this event, but its time.

The Sonshine Daycare Centre is in desperate need of insulation for their lovely old house that is home to many of our tots. They took a donation at the door to get into the sale, sold a ton of fabulous baking donated by the moms, and had a raffle for a ski weekend at Fairmont. They raised almost $4,200!

Incredible to have Miss Jenn Broadfoot text me instead of calling me with their results as she was still too emotional to speak. The response was overwhelming.

Its all about the kids. Kudos to the folks of the Columbia Valley. Bill Cropper also raised $300 busking with his trusty guitar for the Christmas Bureau, From Scratch took donations for coffee and raised $65 for the Food Bank, and the Go-Go Sisters of the Stephen Lewis Foundation had a fantastic show selling their wares created by the granny group.

You, the residents of the Columbia Valley, should be very proud of your heart-warming generosity. Thank you from everyone involved and Merry Christmas!

Carolyn Barzilay