HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L.
When it comes to helping people at a vulnerable time in their life, residents in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area are always quick to lend a hand.
Jackie Compton Hobbs has seen such generosity over and over.
Compton Hobbs has organized numerous fundraisers over the years.
She is now spearheading a luncheon for Linda and Shawn Crann, whose personal property was destroyed when fire struck their home on Sept. 23.
Compton Hobbs said when she posted on social media about the fundraiser, people were quick to come onboard with monetary donations, as well as offers to prepare food for the luncheon.
She wasn’t surprised with the outpouring of support.
“I’ve been involved with many fundraisers and no matter if it’s a fire, sickness, medical, people always step up to help one another out,” she said.
Money raised through the fundraiser will help the couple recover from their loss and get the things they will need for their new place, Compton Hobbs said.
“I’d really like to thank people for stepping up and for helping with this fundraiser – local residents and businesses,” she said.
The Cranns are also quick to give back to people in Labrador. This summer, Shawn Crann shipped everything from bedclothes to bikes to people in Nain.
Linda Crann said she has always known about the kindness of the people in the community.
“Their generosity is amazing ... for our family no deed big or small goes unnoticed. We are so lucky ... to know so many good people,” she said.
Crann said her family would like to thank everyone for caring and helping out.
“The messages, the food, the donations, the household items and, most of all, the hugs, we can’t thank (people) enough. God bless each and every one,” she said.
The luncheon takes place at the Kinsmen Centre from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 12. Doors open at 9 a.m. for people who would like to drop off food (soup, chili, sandwiches and pop). There will also be a 50-50 draw.
Cost of the luncheon is $10.
Anyone who would like to contribute financially to the cause can send their donation by electronic money transfer to Linda Crann at firstname.lastname@example.org.