BUCHANS, NL – Millertown may not have a large population, but those who live there have big hearts and support one another in times of need.
Blair Osmond is one of those people.
The children’s author has released the “Protecting our Province Activity Book,” which he will use to raise money for someone special in his community.
The activity books will sell for $5 each, and $2 from each sale will be donated to Junior and Cynthia (Sis) Elliott. Sis, as she is known to family and friends, was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) a few years ago.
Although he isn’t part of the Elliott family, Osmond feels as most do in that small town – everyone is family and you help each other.
“It’s nice to do something for her,” he says.
Osmond is the author of “The Adventures of Moses the Moose,” a series of children’s books designed to educate children about environmental issues in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“I created ‘The Adventures of Moses the Moose’ in hopes that these stories make a difference – that they educate our youth about the importance of being knowledgable, appreciative and active in protecting ourselves and this beautiful province,” Osmond states on Moses’ Facebook page.
“With hopefully many more books to follow, this year I wanted to do something different. I want to use Moses to help give back to the community.”
With the idea for the activity book and fundraiser in mind, Osmond contacted Cheryl Hillier at Safety Marketing Ltd. in Bishop’s Falls and told her what he wanted to do.
He gave her the illustrations of the characters in his books to work with, and now has the finished product ready for sale.
The Elliott family is grateful for Osmond’s gesture.
Junior and Sis have been active participants in Millertown through the years – from the fire department to the church to Millertown Days – and are often involved in fundraising for others in need.
Their daughters Janine MacNeil and Megan Elliott have seen this over the years, and though they don’t live in Millertown now, they have come to appreciate what their parents have done and what it is like to live in such a close-knit community with friends like Osmond.
“I know both my dad and mom are extremely appreciative of this gesture and all gestures from Millertown and the surrounding communities,” says MacNeil.
“Both mom and dad were always the first to offer help to others, and it is heart-warming to see it coming to them during this time.
“It truly makes me incredibly proud to be from such a wonderful community and area.”
Their mother always enjoyed being active in the community and sharing a laugh with friends, said MacNeil.
“That is one thing that keeps us all going: her ability to still carry on and her big heart. No matter what is going on with her, she is still always thinking of everyone else around her. An amazing person always.
“And dad ... I can't even think of words to describe him,” she said. “He certainly has shown myself and Megan what it means to love someone and devote yourself to them.”
The family sends its gratitude to Osmond for his kindness, as well as “the continuous support our little community has given my parents and how blessed we are everyday,” said Elliott.
“It’s been very hard but being in such a loving community makes things just a little bit easier.
“Little community. Big hearts.”