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Couple 'flabbergasted' by community's response
A COUPLE who lost the use of a backyard bench after vandals wrecked it has been overwhelmed with the calls from people wanting to help.
"Good morning, I am so happy to say that we have had numerous calls from people offering their kindness and help. I am totally flabbergasted and emotional with the beautiful people in this wonderful town!!" said Vera Hancock today, Oct. 31.
Her husband, Allan, suffered a massive stroke three years ago, and after months spent in hospital and rehabilitation, would sit on the bench every day and enjoy the view, which helped with his healing, said his wife Vera last week.
They were out of town when vandals destroyed the bench so Allan could no longer use it.
A man called to say he had a bench that they could come look at and, if it was suitable, they could have it, said Vera.
"My goodness...This bench is beautiful," she said.
And a woman brought them three beautiful bird feeders, she added.
"I opened up the door and showed Allen. He was crying. 'Oh my goodness,' he said, 'you don't have to do that. Thank you,'" said Vera.
"Thank you John from Olsen Street for the beautiful bench. God bless your heart!!" said Vera. "Thank you Laurel from spiritual healing for your generosity with giving us the beautiful bird feeders and lights!! We are both so overwhelmed with the beautiful people in this town!!
"Allan cried when I got the new bench put up and when Laurel came with the feeders and a bag of seed!! Our emotions are all over the place, my heart feels so light today. Thank you people of Terrace, words cannot express our gratefulness!!"
The couple has received several calls from people wanting to help, including the Volunteer Terrace Helping Handyman Program and Rona.