A Destructive Fire Brings Niagara Community Together in a Spirit of Generosity

“On behalf of all the employees at Pioneer Flower Farms, we extend our thanks again to the community for all your kind words, thoughts, prayers and efforts to assist us during this heart wrenching time.” – Kristen Sikking, Pioneer Flower Farms 

A Brief Foreword from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – 

With all of the rotten things going on around the world these days, it is heartening to have a story about an outpouring of kindness and generosity so close to home. 

I am talking about the way people across Niagara came together as a community to donate clothing and other necessities to all of those, including migrant workers, who found their lives so negatively impacted by a monster fire that ripped through the sprawling growing operations of Pioneer Flower Farms in west St. Catharines earlier this August. 

Even while we read reports about our own Ontario government re-launching its plans to cut more funding for public health care, ambulance services, and day care spaces for children across the province, many people in Niagara went out of their way to help people affected by this destructive fire. 

Here is the latest update from a representative from Pioneer Flower Farms on how the drive to help those affected by the fire is unfolding –

A Message of Gratitude from Kristen Sikking, Pioneer Flower Farms

Posted August 23rd, 2019 on Niagara At Large

St Catharines, Ontario — On Thursday August 22, left over Pioneer Flower Farms (PFF) fire donations were packaged and divided between Value Village and Village of Hope.

Migrant workers will be welcomed with opened arms and smiles at Village of Hope, located at 2832 King Street (Regional Rd. 81), Jordan Station this Sunday, August 25th from 10am to 4pm. Migrant workers and local friends in need will have access to the items that were donated during the tragedy that struck PFF on August 16, 2019.

In addition, Village of Hope will also be hosting a BBQ the following Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 12pm and any additional items will be available to migrant workers and local friends in need.

We would like to thank our community friends at Village of Hope and Value Village, for being undeniably appreciative of receiving our truck loaded of kindness.

Thank you again to the community at large for giving heartwarming support to our migrant workers, and lifting our hearts during this very difficult time.

For further information or donations please contact Village of Hope at 905-562-3003 or Value Village at 905-354-6336.

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