I’m surprised that the Red Cross has peremptorily taken away the loan cupboard, a very necessary service, from Osoyoos, without really letting the community know that help was needed, or indeed treating longtime local volunteers with everyday courtesy.
I think that given space, and surely someone has some, and handy volunteers to keep equipment in safe, usable condition, and space in the paper to let it be known just what is needed, the community could surely go it alone, with the experience and advice of current volunteers.
I am sure a good many citizens would donate items they no longer need, and a good many businesses would find it in their hearts to donate in exchange for a little advert on the equipment to let borrowers know whose heart was in the right place.
I hope the absence will be temporary.
In the case of needed grassroots community services, we cannot always depend on official bodies to serve those needs, as has just been demonstrated.
If we care, and some are able to donate time and or money or unused equipment, if we all pitch in things are do-able.
I realize that life today has too many calls on our time, way too many distractions, and just when we think all is going well, the rug gets pulled out from under us.
Personally I have telephone time to donate, as life in our house is twenty-four seven just now.