In the spirit of Christmas


A new Cochranite is doing her part to make sure everyone has enough this holiday.

Jessica Burns created a Christmas care package complete with turkey, veggies and napkins, and gave it to a family who otherwise might not be able to cook a festive dinner.

“I just felt like being nice and giving back to people,” Burns said, who found a family to donate to after creating a post on the town’s Rant and Rave Facebook page.

Burns, a Willows resident, said she was inspired by a friend of hers living in Red Deer, Alta., who did something similar last year.

On top of that, as a new Cochranite as of June 2017, Burns said she felt compelled to give back to the community that welcomed her so warmly.

“I just felt that I should do something good for our community,” she said.

“I like the community, I find that people are friendly and no matter where you go people are smiling. I haven’t run into any rude people here.”

Within the care package were groceries for a turkey dinner including the turkey, veggies, dessert as well as other essentials often looked over such as paper towels and toilet paper.

“Because of the job loss, there’s probably a lot of people struggling. Anything that I can do to help, even if it’s just a little bit makes me feel good,” said Burns who is originally from Fort Saskatchewan.

Growing up, Burns said she always had essentials during the holidays and creating a care package is her way to help another family get a similar Christmas to what she’s had.

“It’s a stressful time so people who are struggling financially – (it’s) just to release the stress or pressure off them,” Burns said.

“I hope that somebody else is able would pay it forward. Because there’s a lot of people that need help. I can’t afford to help everybody but it would be nice if somebody else would consider doing the same thing and pass it forward.”


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Amy Tucker

Amy is a news reporter with the Cochrane Eagle covering everything from fire, crime and education to Morley events. Her previous career highlights include producing a mini documentary in India and coproducing a podcast spotlighting the tricky mixture of love and age. Amy has a degree in journalism and has tendencies to wander. When she's not writing the news, she spends her spare time swimming, dreaming about her next adventure and thinking about ways that she can make the planet a little greener.