A Little Compassion For An Innisfil Teen’s Birthday

Neighbours Band Together to Celebrate a Birthday During Hard Times

A big surprise for a young lady and her mother, after some folks in Innisfil banded together to celebrate her birthday.

Last Friday, February 22nd, the South Simcoe Police Service, some Innisfil businesses including a local baker, and the Innisfil Food Bank filled a pickup truck with food, supplies, and even a birthday cake, and made their way to the home of a woman and her daughter.

Friday was the young lady’s birthday. And it seems like one to remember.

The household had been struggling financially and medically when police first visited the home in early February. After learning of the struggles, some officers went straight to the grocery store and grabbed some necessities out of their own pocket. This kindness only snowballed from there, with some local businesses chipping in gift cards, while the Alcona Canadian Tire even donated a brand new bicycle. One officer enlisted the help of a local baker and had a custom cake made in the form of the teen’s favourite movie, Frozen.

“This is living proof that when people pull together for a common purpose, they really can make a difference in the life of another. What an incredible example of a community working together,” said Deputy Chief Robin McElary-Downer.

About $160 worth of groceries and other necessities was donated by the officers, another $100 in gift cards from local businesses.