A very special eighth birthday was celebrated Feb. 24 by a girl named Gracie and a bunch of her friends. This was such a great turnout that the party was held in one of the meeting rooms at the Castlegar Community Complex.
This was an event with a twist, guests were requested to bring a small cash donation and a piece of the kids’ own artwork as a gift, with a donation going to help feed less fortunate folks in the community. It was Gracie’s idea.
“I did it because a lot of people are poor,” said Gracie as the party was winding up, “and I decided it would be a nice thing to do for them, to donate some money.”
Gracie’s mom Melissa elaborated on the event later via email.
“The generousity of our friends, family and community is amazing,” described Melissa.
“Gracie graciously shared her birthday with many others this year by requesting a small monetary contribution and a drawing from her friends instead of gifts; some amazing pictures, cards and drawings poured in – and almost $240 was collected.
“Half of the money collected was designated for the Slocan Valley and Castlegar food banks,” she continued, “and the rest towards a few very special gifts for Gracie from all of our friends and family.
“Safeway, Kootenay Market,Tim Horton’s, Pine Tree Market and Maple Leaf Store also donated towards putting on the event when they found out what she was up to. Thanks to everyone, you made her birthday so very special!zz
“Thanks again – the whole experience has been very thrilling for Gracie.”