EDITORIAL: An inspiring community

It is truly inspiring and fulfilling to see what this community can do when there is need.

It is truly inspiring and fulfilling to see what this community can do when there is need.

On Nov. 11, Bill and Ann Connor came home from their morning coffee outing to find their humble little house on Downes Road had been gutted by fire. The couple, both in their 80s, were not insured.

As soon as the media carried the story, the community support began to pour in, and the Abbotsford Firefighters Charitable Society and the Abbotsford Police Union teamed up to coordinate the offers of help.

By last weekend, it began to appear that so much volunteer labour and donated household items and supplies were available, that the Connors’ home could be rebuilt and refurnished, without even touching the trust fund set up for them.

On Wednesday, more than 20 police officers, firefighters and members of the public gathered at the site for the first day of a monumental volunteer effort that will see the home restored by Christmas.

Everything required to rebuild the bungalow – from building material to appliances to furniture – has been donated.

Tradespeople have come forward to take care of the skilled labour required, and handymen from all callings are lending a hand.

Abbotsford Police Sgt. Judy Dizy who, along with her firefighter husband, is heading the effort, said the outpouring of support has been “very emotional.

“The fact that the community can always come together and always support each other – what more can you ask for?”

What more indeed?

To all of the people and businesses who stepped up for the Connors, thank you.

You make Abbotsford proud.

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