By Lauren Eedy
St. Marys has so many wonderful qualities, and during this difficult time many are staying home, facing isolation or working tirelessly in the front lines to keep our community thriving. The big takeaway from this are shining examples of individuals within our community reaching out to help others in need.
The Independent Newspaper would like to recognize one such person who is going above and beyond to see to the needs of others and his name is Lyle Fisher. You may have seen Lyle out and about in stores, filling orders for front porch delivery or you may have read his posts on social media platforms illustrating in-demand items so people have an idea of what is available.
In speaking with Lyle, I had a few why, how and when questions which he happily answered after another busy day of filling orders (or what he could, granted not everything is available lately).
Why did you decided to start doing this?
LF: “After I heard about immune-compromised people, the elderly, people returning from vacations, people working long hours, busy parents and those simply refusing to go out, I started thinking that taxis wouldn’t be doing deliveries for free, so I thought this was something I could do for the community.”
“It was apparent there was a need to be filled because of the response I received offering my services from my initial post. I immediately understood this was important.”
How has everything been going?
LF: “At the top of the list is hand-sanitizer but that always goes first after it is re-stocked. Either I have ‘good news’ or ‘bad news’ but I try my best to get the products people ask for. Every day is different but basic needs remain the same. I have Lysol wipes in my car for the steering wheel and grocery containers and I’m trying to do the right thing like all front-line workers by following the precautionary protocols.”
“As an example, I have a couple coming home from vacation next week who contacted me and they will have their order of groceries waiting for them before they go directly into isolation for 14 days. I also have some shift workers with young children who are not able to make it out when they get home.”
“E-transfer has been my general method of payment and I deliver at no charge. ‘Thanks’ and a ‘wave’ are payment enough.”
Do you plan on continuing this service for St. Marys?
LF: “Absolutely throughout the quarantine but not after this is all over, whenever that is. I will continue to do other things for the community in other ways. I’m not seeking praise; I am doing what I feel is right. People can’t go without basic necessities.”
“Everyone is so genuine, it is an honour to be helping others in our community and I am thankful for the appreciation shown.”
In conclusion, if I may speak for the community, thank you Lyle. Your spirit has shown that this pandemic has not affected our core values of coming together to support one another.
By Lauren Eedy