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Monday, December 5, 2022
Editorial: The community steps up, again
Richard Harley’s editorial “Short-term rentals: Part 2: Too much industry influence,” won first place for best local editorial in all of Canada in 2021. Harley was awarded second place in the Outstanding Reporter Initiative category for 2020, for his series of stories on how COVID-19 travel restrictions affected farms and seasonal workers. File

Build it and they will come.

Ask for it and they will deliver.

A week ago, desperate to fill empty and near-empty shelves in time for Thanksgiving, we wrote about how the Newark Neighbours Food Bank needed the community to step up and help.

They asked for help and the community delivered.

It was crucial that the community of Niagara-on-the-Lake come together quickly to help restock the shelves at the town’s food bank.

Literally, there was only about 48 hours between the time of Newark Neighbours’ published plea and the planned Porch Pick-up Food Drive that was led by volunteers from the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

We told you that helping out was essential so that the food bank’s volunteers would have time to assemble dozens of Thanksgiving food hampers to be distributed to needy families around town on Thursday, Oct. 6.

As a community you listened, you acted and you came through. Again.

We had no doubt you would, but as everyone knows, a lot is asked of people in the community when it comes to helping others.

We’re proud of how the people of Niagara-on-the-Lake came together in such a big way.

As Cindy Grant, the chair of Newark Neighbours, says in our news story this week, the next big food drive for the organization is not far off. Christmas is coming.

“Christmas and Thanksgiving, as always, traditionally occur close together,” she said.

“So, yet again, we’re going to have to come back out to the community (for donations).”

“I know they won’t fail us.”

She’s right. You’ve shown that again and again.

Learn more about how you can volunteer at Newark Neighbours or make a monetary donation (always welcome) or help with a future food drive.

Contact them by calling 905-468-7498 or emailing And see the agency’s website,, for more information.