Saturday April 19, 2014





Residents come through for mom

If there's one thing local residents won't tolerate, it's children going without at Christmas.

The office was not quite open Wednesday when the newsroom phone started to ring. First up was Glendene Grant offering a turkey for Connie Sinclair whose story was profiled in The Daily News Wednesday.

Sinclair found herself in a predicament this week when she went to get a hamper from Christmas Amalgamated and discovered she was not eligible.

Numbers of people in need are so high this year that Christmas Amalgamated was forced to restrict gift offerings to people with custody of their children.

Sinclair's two sons live in Lytton but were arriving Wednesday to spend Christmas with their mother. It looked to be a bleak Christmas.

But by 9 a.m., Sinclair had a turkey, food hamper, homemade baking, and gifts for her boys, thanks to the kind hearts of local residents.

Grant, who is well known in Kamloops as the mother who refuses to give up hope in finding her missing daughter, said helping someone else have a brighter Christmas in turn helps her.

She said her daughter, Jessie Foster, went missing in Las Vegas on March 29, 2006, but the last time she saw her was on Christmas Day 2005.

It makes Dec. 25 a difficult day for her every year. Her donation to Sinclair's family has eased her pain, Grant said.





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