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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Faith in humanity restored

This is a story that has restored my faith in humanity. Early on Christmas Eve, I experienced a major car breakdown as I was exiting the drive through at McDonald's on 5th Avenue.
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This is a story that has restored my faith in humanity. Early on Christmas Eve, I experienced a major car breakdown as I was exiting the drive through at McDonald's on 5th Avenue. I could not move the car and after the major snow storm, getting a tow truck was an experience in patience.

As I sat in my car waiting for Big Hill Towing to show up and rescue my car, some pretty amazing things happened.

Firstly, the number of Cochranites who stopped and offered help are way too many to name and thank personally. But, the outpouring of help truly made my heart swell with pride and gratitude that my fellow neighbours reached out. I explained that I had it under control and thanked them profusely.

Then, a kind gentleman knocked at my window, and simply stated, " I can see you are not having a great day. Here is cup of hot chocolate to help keep you warm until help arrives." Good gracious! Again I thanked him profusely.

A few minutes later, there was knock on the passenger window. This time it was a young lady who asked if I was an AMA member. I said that I was, she then stated that she was willing to donate a tow on her account if I needed the help. I was gobsmacked. Again, I said my thanks and just smiled.

A few minutes later a vehicle was navigating around me and stopped alongside my car. A young lady emerged and said to me, "It sure looks like this isn't your day, please accept this." She handed me a $50 dollar gift card from Walmart. I was stunned.

So dear editor, while the last half of 2020 has been rubbish, I am truly impressed with the nature of my fellow Cochranites. They truly reminded me, that we are all in this together and we can make it together.

I just want to share this story and extend my thanks to everyone who made me feel so much better in what was an unfortunate instance.

John Bakator