Our take: Wishes for gifts arriving where needed most

It wasn’t the easiest of years for a lot of Cowichan families.

Let’s hope Santa is kind to these folks and leaves an extra special gift under their trees.

For families of those involved in any pedestrian fatality or similar tragedy: continued support as they grieve their losses and assurance a solution to prevent similar incidents squeezes onto someone’s agenda.

No matter what the best solution is, the best present to folks who’ve been affected by this type of incident would be officials huddling to discuss options for better safety.

Last week’s sentencing of Marvin Antoniuk for the shooting his father pulled back the veil on one family’s struggles, but their circumstances are hardly unique in the offices of social workers and the halls of justice in our community.

For all families that have been scarred and split by violence and alcohol: a parcel full of healing and a chance to move on.

And finally for Cowichan citizens in general: a hefty bag of good karma to all those who stuck together during this year’s many tragedies.

We reported on several fundraisers, including for the family of Shawnigan Lake’s Charlie Newman, who received life-threatening injuries as a result of an ugly crash Sept. 16 on Hwy. 18, the children of late local flagger Maggie Feeley who was struck Oct. 21 by a dump truck on a work site, and the parents and twin brother of 11-year-old Caleb Kroffat who passed away extremely unexpectedly by unknown causes during the intermission of a Capitals hockey game Nov. 8, to name just a few.

Good on all of you for your efforts. We’re sure one of Santa’s elves was watching.

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