Angels are among us

Thanks from Jessi Minnabarriet to everyone who helped after her truck broke down.

Dear Editor

This evening (Dec. 19 at 6 pm), I was headed home to Ashcroft, my two little ones in the back seat of my pick up and I was almost there. Suddenly my truck seized in the middle of the highway, from 100 km/hr to 0 km/hr. My truck sitting “dead” in the middle of the highway. I was panicked and flustered, the truck wouldn’t start, the engine smoking, it was night time and cold, cars coming at me and behind me, and my babies in the backseat…great…now what?

As I was collecting my thoughts and quickly sorting out an action plan, out of nowhere, outside my window appeared Ben and Judy Roy. Big smiles, calm voices asking if they could help me.

Shortly after another local couple appeared Darcy Klages and Connie Walkem, followed by five more passer by’s on the scene. I was offered rides, assistance, and geniune sincere kindness to aide me and my children with my sudden truck troubles. Ben and Judy cancelled their dinner plans, loaded myself and my kids up and waited until the tow truck came and then drove us home…no questions asked.

I wanted to share this because I feel very fortunate to live in a place (Ashcroft and our neighbouring community, Cache Creek) where I am surrounded by good people. People who care, people who look out for each other and a place where people take time from there busy lifes to stop and offer a helping hand whenever they think someone could use a little help. In my situation, a people pulled over and turned around on the highway, even stopped simultaneously to extended a helping hand. I want to thank each and everyone of you that night so very much for offering to help myself and children out of an awkward situation, the world could use more people such as you. Again – many, many sincere thanks to you in particular Ben and Judy Roy, your kindness meant so much, words cannot express the gratitude I feel for your helping hand.

Thank-you all for sharing the gift of giving in its purest form.

Jessi (Shawn and Jacob) Minnabarriet

Ashcroft