This is what Oprah must feel like!

If you are an Oprah Winfrey fan you’ll understand that I’m referring to her famous Christmas show where she generates a roof blowing craze as she gifts item after item to each and everyone in her studio audience. As you can imagine, the resulting gifts are instantly met with screams of delight, tears of disbelief and shouts of gratitude from the audience. Many of us will never know this level of gifting but we can appreciate that it must feel pretty darn wonderful and a whole lot of fun.  Well thanks to an incredibly gracious and selfless woman by the name of Ann; my colleagues and I had a little taste of what Oprah must feel like.  It started when I received a telephone call from Ann who said she was interested in learning about Community Services to determine if we could assist her with managing an aspect of her son’s estate.  It turned out that Ann’s son had recently purchased a new motorized scooter but sadly became too ill and passed away before he could make use of his luxurious purchase. Ann was calling Community Services to ensure her donation went to a senior in need who perhaps couldn’t afford something of this magnitude on their own. With Ann’s guidelines in mind, we exhausted all cases to determine a lucky and immeasurably deserving recipient by the name of Millie. As a registered charity, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services is readily available to process donations, assess value and provide taxable receipts; however we quickly recognized the honour it was to receive a donation of this value. Millie, who lives with sever arthritis, will now be able to continue volunteering, connect with family and friends and independently travel about her community. Thanks to Ann’s overwhelming generosity and her desire to give back to her community; her late son’s scooter is one gift that will be remembered. 
Vicki Kipps
Executive Director