“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us. ” Albert Schweitzer

As we near the end of Year 2 of COVID-19, it has never been more important to provide support and love to our neighbours. The coronavirus pandemic is an epidemiological and psychological crisis. The enormity of living in isolation, changes in our daily lives, job loss, financial hardship, and grief over the loss of contact with loved ones has the potential to affect the mental health and well-being of many of us. Loneliness, anxiety, depression are some of the issues that our friends and neighbours are struggling with. Even in this time of physical distancing, it’s critical to seek social support and connection with others.

We can do something in Westport that will make a big difference in the lives of our residents, business owners and visitors. Again the year, from Dec 12 – Jan 2, we are encouraging everyone to light up the streets by adding Christmas lights to their homes and businesses. We can give the Gift of Light to our neighbours.

There is a supply of lights, spots and other decorations at Town Hall. If you would appreciate some support for additional lights, call Town Hall (613-273-2191) and speak to Ms. Patti Mueller who will help you.

Many thanks to Les, Bev and the gang at Home Hardware who helped stretch our dollars and to our generous anonymous sponsors.

Thank you everyone for your commitment to community solidarity as we continue to tightly hold the safety blanket around the Village of Westport.

Be the Spark! Give the Gift of Light this Christmas.