The Yukon’s magic shines through

The Yukon's magic shines through The Yukon is a wonderful place to raise our children and live out our dreams when things are going well in our lives. But it is when things take a turn for the worse that the true magic of this place shines through. If I

The Yukon is a wonderful place to raise our children and live out our dreams when things are going well in our lives. But it is when things take a turn for the worse that the true magic of this place shines through. If I ever doubted this, I do not now.

I am sitting here wondering, how does one begin to say thank you when the acts of kindness, collectively, are so overwhelming huge, and the words “thank you” seem so small?

I found this quote: “How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.” It’s from William Shakespeare’s play, The Merchant of Venice.

Little Gem is a wonderful little girl that lives in our Haines Junction community and her family has been a regular contributor, doing their part to make this a better place to live. So, it is now, during Gem’s walk with cancer, that our tiny northern home, at the foot of the mighty mountains, has done just as William Shakespeare wrote of.

Through the generosity of many donors and bidders, no candle could shine any brighter into the dark to help light this family’s way.

On Jan. 17, final auction items for Little Gem were disbursed and the money was deposited into her family’s account. The grand total was $11,357.46.

In response to everyone’s efforts to help, Little Gem’s Mum recently wrote that she will never live anywhere else, and for that I am grateful.

I am grateful that while one of our own is most in need, you have pulled together in an incredible display of love and support. I am grateful to know this family and to know Little Gem’s smile.

I am grateful to call the Yukon and Haines Junction home. I am grateful to know, no matter how hard life may get, there are people just outside our front door that will rally around us.

I am grateful to have had the time to visit (both on the phone and in person) with the people who have supported this fundraising effort. And I am grateful for the overwhelming reminder that the Good is always there – sometimes all we have to do is look, and not even very hard.

I’m still not sure how to say thank you to everyone that contributed to the success of this auction, but I will take the good I have seen in our Yukon home and carry it with me forever. And today, I will pray that Little Gem and her family have a good day, together.

Heather FitzGerald

Haines Junction