Letters: Go local

Each week Sooke News Mirror readers express themselves on the Letters to the Editor pages

Response to the letter ‘Do it for the Kids’, Nov. 9.

I wanted to respond in support of businesses in this community. I know the letter-writer was disappointed by the lack of involvement by one or more businesses in Sooke on Halloween night; for a perceived absence or gradual fading from celebrations, and I wanted to make a couple of suggestions.

I would first suggest, before pulling support from any Sooke business (big or small) for lack of visibility in your chosen event/charity fundraiser/sports team, please, please walk through their doors and ask them how they are helping. I think you may be surprised at the length and diversity of the response.

I’m a volunteer fundraiser with for Cops for Cancer, I chair the BC Children’s Hospital committee here in Sooke, I’ve helped organize the Starlight Cinema in support of local families, and quite a few other events and I’ve noticed that the ability to make donations of products, money and services are challenging for many businesses during this economically difficult time. While I am still in awe of the generosity we are shown, I’m learning to reduce my expectations in accordance with the times.

Finally, I would like to suggest shopping locally this holiday season.

Emma Irwin

Sooke