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The Good News-Local Residents Save Christmas For Elderly Couple En Route To Four Mile Lake

KAWARTHA LAKES-Suzanne and Gerald Vidas have a Christmas tradition. Every year they along with their kids get together at their cottage on Four Mile Lake for Christmas and Boxing Day.

On December 25th, 2021 the 77 and 83 years olds hit the highway from Mississauga, looking forward to time spent with family. Just outside of Fenelon Falls the elderly pair hit a pot hole on Highway 121 and got a flat tire. With it being Christmas Day most stores were closed and the pair didn’t have a cell phone. It looked like Christmas would be a bust.

That’s when the community of Fenelon Falls came to the rescue! Offers of help from passers-by were overflowing.

“On behalf of my husband and I, we are sincerely grateful for the kindness offered by those who took the time to stop and assist us with a flat tire we encountered while en route north of Fenelon Falls on Christmas Day.” said Suzanne in a letter shared with Kawartha 411 News. 

Suzanne says many people stopped to offer help, offered to loan the pair their cell phone, offered to change the tire, call a tow truck who would not charge a fee and more.

“Hopefully, at least one or two of the many who stopped to offer help are reading this note and realize how their acts of selflessness were so very much appreciated. We would also like to express our gratitude to Andy, an automotive service employee from the Canadian Tire in Fenelon Falls who helped find a broken part (from the pothole that caused the damage) and quickly / cost-effectively replace the tire.  As a result, the car was ready for the road again, the very next day.” says Suzanne. 

The couple made it to Four Mile Lake just in time for the family Christmas. The spirit of giving and helping is alive and well in Fenelon Falls. That’s the good news!

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Pamela Vanmeerhttps://www.kawartha411.ca/
Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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