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LETTER: A massive hug from Agassiz

A letter of thanks from author Karen Spafford-Fitz

Dear Agassiz and Harrison friends:

Along with my husband and our young pup, I was among the hundreds who spent the night of Nov. 14 in my vehicle on Highway 7, and was then airlifted to the Agassiz Agricultural Hall the next day.

Beyond a doubt, the kindness we received upon entering the Agricultural Hall felt like a massive hug. Food—both hot and cold—had never tasted so delicious, and after the helicopter ride (which made no sense to our young dog), Bowie was overjoyed with the kibble, Milk Bones and special treatment the volunteers lavished on him.

While we were warming up and making hotel arrangements at the hall, I tried to thank as many people as possible. I know I missed many, however; and given the vast quantities of food, toys, dog food, diapers, clothing, blankets, etc, the contributions clearly came from your entire, generous community.

As such, please accept this letter as my thanks for helping in whatever way you could—whether it involved donating food or other supplies at the hall, shuttling evacuees to hotels or billets, or in sending caring wishes on Nov. 15 or in the days thereafter. At a time when we found ourselves in distressing circumstances, yours were the hands and hearts that lifted us back up.

For my part, I would like to give back. I am a former teacher and author of eight books for kids and teens, and I have been reaching out to various people from the District of Kent. I look forward to donating signed copies of my books. I hope they will, in some small way, continue to express my gratitude beyond the time my family spent in your community.

I will always remember your kindness. Many thanks again, and best holiday wishes to all.

Karen Spafford-Fitz

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