When it comes to community spirit, it would be hard to find another community that comes together as much as Transcona. This evening from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the Kwiatek family’s home at 503 Kildare Avenue West, tons of people stopped by to make donations and to show support to Peter Kwiatek who sadly lost his wife, Pam, earlier this summer.
For the past 20 years, Pam and Peter would decorate their Transcona home with an elaborate display of lights and animated characters. Some nights, when the traffic was heavy, they’d hand out candy canes to passersby. Some say that its not quite Christmas until they pass by their home and see the huge light display. This year, Peter almost didn’t decorate the house as Pam was the planner and coordinator of the light show. Thankfully Peter made the decision to continue the holiday tradition.
One of Pam’s wishes was to collect tins of food for Winnipeg Harvest. Although she wasn’t able to see her dream come to fruition, I believe that the community has made her proud by coming out and filling more than 6 bins full of food and donating a significant amount of cash. People would even stop right in the middle of traffic just to drop off donations.
With only a few days until Christmas, it was the perfect way to start celebrating.