The Generosity of Manitobans

Every year around this time, I pause to reflect on my life and its blessings.

Although there can be challenging moments, I am truly grateful to have a warm home, good food, and the love of family and friends this holiday season. Unfortunately, there are many Manitobans who are not so lucky.

Every day here in St. Boniface, I witness the good hearts of constituents who devote their time and energy helping those in need. The staff and volunteers at Centre Flavie-Laurent, Morberg House and other organizations work tirelessly all year collecting donations, serving up hot meals, or simply lending a helping hand where needed. It’s truly heartwarming to witness the generous spirit of Manitobans who do everything from delivering hampers for churches and non-profits, to the individuals who organize toy drives and food banks. The results of this good work can be seen on the faces of children on Christmas morning, and those enjoying Christmas dinner with family and friends.

Manitobans have always been known for their generosity. I see our reputation for generosity reflected in different ways throughout the year, but especially in the warm and welcoming reception that is given to new arrivals. I’m always heartened to hear of different organizations and individuals coming together to lend a helping hand, and provide lodging, food, furniture, household goods, or simply giving these new Canadians a warm welcome. These are all great opportunities to get to know your neighbours.

Although the holiday season can be a busy time of year for many of us, I encourage all Manitobans to help in any way they can, and support the many individuals and organizations who are doing so much for those in need. Local community clubs have Skate with Santa, breakfast with Santa and other activities, which need volunteers and resources to organize. Churches and local organizations like the Kiwanis, The Optimist Club and the Knights work especially hard during this time of year, and need our support.

Whether it be dropping off a few non-perishable items at your local food bank or delivering hampers to those in need, I ask that we all keep our hearts and eyes open, and an ear to the ground to be aware of the opportunities we have to help others. Remember, there is no gesture too small.

May you all celebrate the upcoming holidays surrounded by family and friends. As always, feel free to contact by email at Greg.Selinger@yourmanitoba.ca or call my office at (204) 237-9247.