Birthday lessons in giving, not just receiving

Two-year-old Nolan Ulrich got a birthday lesson in giving instead of getting last Tuesday afternoon in downtown Fort. St. John.

“Two toonies and an envelope!”

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Holly Ulrich borrowed a unique idea from a friend to celebrate her son Nolan’s birthday. Instead of relatives sending gifts, she asked family to send a toonie in an envelope for him and a toonie in an envelope to buy goods for the Salvation Army.

“They (the Salvation Army) said some of the items that they needed were fresh produce, eggs, milk, anything like that,” Ulrich said.

The pair came in with a generous box of groceries that was welcomed by Jismi Joseph, community ministries worker for the Salvation Army. She was impressed with the lesson Ulrich was showing her son, saying that sort of thing happens only about twice a year.

“It’s awesome,” Joseph said.

“Usually people just get together with friends and family for presents and that sort of thing, for birthdays.”

If you’re able to share with those in need, the Salvation Army is looking for cereal, juice, fresh produce and more. Call 250-785-5891 for more information.

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