Letters:Port Renfrew man repsonds to need

Article on drooping donations to food bank causes man to think about helping

According to the Feb. 6, 2013 Sooke News Mirror front page article the Sooke Food Bank is ‘closing its doors’ to the residents of Port Renfrew.

I have lived here in Renfrew for 22-plus years and have, like others from time to time, been in need of food to help me past times of extreme need, with no other hope available, me and my friends tapped out. It is a scary thing to realize that you will not survive without this basic need, and some individuals have some difficulty asking for or accepting any help.

The Sooke Food Bank and the Sooke emergency services have helped me several years ago. I may still utilize the hamper in December through February, as I have had very, very little work in the winter during past years. Thank you for this help until my income and work situation improves.

My thanks and appreciation to the contributors and distributors who are involved on the front lines and behind the scenes of these well run facilities. Many people count on them.

In the article it was mentioned, that contributions that come from Sooke should be used in Sooke, or something like that. It offended me a bit, because I remember contributing food to a drive out here in Renfrew, and, all of that food was delivered to the Sooke Food Bank for distribution. Although that was many years ago, still, I was upset to read those words. (Though I know how misquotes, typos, misinterpretation, and my past experiences, etcetera could be the cause of my reactions).

Turning all of this into a good thing, keeping things bright and happy, I am interested in leading the creation of an entity that can continue this warranted public service in Port Renfrew, and sharing with other communities when possible.

I will be getting involved by beginning the research and study necessary to guarantee the success of my endeavour.

I needed to send this letter to both the food bank and the Sooke News Mirror to instigate some public awareness, action and help.

Bob Croteau

Port Renfrew