I would be hard pressed to think of another organization as unselfish and dedicated as the members of the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church who put on the annual Bethlehem Walk.
This event is one of the jewels in the community crown that Parksville and indeed Oceanside wears.
The amount of hard work, time and dedication that are needed to put on such a wonderful event is staggering and yet the members do it with a smile on their face.
Walking through ‘Bethlehem’ at the church moves one in a way that many other Christmas events fail to do.
For my wife and I, the reason for our being moved are the members of the church who make everyone feel so welcome. This starts right at the entrance and continues on through to the free hot chocolate and home baked goodies at the end.
We brought our food bank donation but then we thought we might like to make a monetary donation to the church itself as our thanks for bringing us this wonderful event.
At the end of the walk there is a place to make donations but the monetary donations are for the Salvation Army. There was no place to donate to the church.
To us this was the ultimate in a selfless act. So we donated to the Salvation Army as a tribute to the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church and we would like to say to all the people who worked so hard to make this wonderful event such a success again our most sincere thanks. You make the community a better place.
Jerry Filipski and Julie Whinn, Parksville