Community Delivers Birthday to Remember for Local Teen  

(Innisfil, ON)  Local businesses, the Innisfil Food Bank and a baker joined South Simcoe Police Service officers to deliver a special birthday surprise and some much needed assistance to a local family.

On Friday, February 22, 2019, South Simcoe Police Service officers loaded a police pickup truck with donations including a big birthday cake, a brand new bicycle, food and grocery store gift cards. The officers presented the donations to a woman and her teenage daughter. Both have medical and financial challenges and were struggling to make ends meet. Friday also happened to be the girl’s birthday and she couldn’t have been more delighted. Her grateful mother was reduced to tears.

Police were first alerted to the family’s plight in early February. After visiting the home, officers were so moved by the desperate situation they went straight to the store. They bought groceries and other necessities with their own money then returned to the home to deliver the care package. The Innisfil Food Bank stepped in to provide a large emergency supply of food for police to deliver.

The seeds of these compassionate gestures then grew to include more officers and local businesses.

About $160 worth of groceries and other necessities were donated by the officers. Another business chipped in $100 in grocery gift cards. Canadian Tire in Alcona donated a brand new bicycle for the girl’s birthday. Another officer enlisted a baker he knew who donated an elegant birthday cake in the theme of the teen’s favourite movie, Frozen.

“This is living proof that when people pull together for a common purpose, they really can make a difference in the life of another. What an incredible example of a community working together,” said Deputy Chief Robin McElary-Downer.

A photo of the cake is attached.