The holidays are upon us. I look forward to reunions with loved ones, traditional home-cooked meals, and perhaps even a visit from Santa.
We’re almost through one of the busiest times of the year, and this year, no doubt, is more hectic than ever. I hope you are doing well and managing through the end. One thing that has given me tremendous help during the last several days is focusing on the holiday spirit around me, including the decorations lighting up our Emery neighbourhoods.
The holidays are a time when we should remind ourselves of the importance of charity. In partnership with many other area businesses, the BIA was blessed to fill trucks with food and toys. I encourage you to reach out for a helping hand in whatever way you can.
Another way to support our community is to pledge to shop local. This pandemic has been brutal on our businesses. Many of these owners are struggling. For the most part, they are not part of corporations with deep pockets. These are indeed trying and challenging times for many.
Most importantly, let’s look forward to 2023, which brings a better, brighter, and more secure future, including a new post-pandemic reality and opportunity for all of Emery.
From my family to yours, I wish you a holiday season filled with hope and joy. May the spirit of the season brighten your days, let you smile, and take stock of the things we are blessed with, however small.
Please stay well,