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A selfless wish

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Parkwood Institute veteran George Browning drops off nearly 1,000 pounds of food at the London Food Bank, where he is welcomed by Peter Harding, left, Chair of the London Food Bank. Accompanying George from Parkwood Institute is Marie Finkbeiner, left, therapeutic recreation specialist, and chaplain Alida van Dijk.

A wish rooted in philanthropy led to nearly 1,000 pounds of food and $500 collected for those in need in London.

The wish was that of Korean War veteran George Browning and made possible by the Royal Canadian Legion - Ladies Auxiliary, which sponsors the Dreams and Wishes program at Parkwood Institute. The program provides veterans with an opportunity to fulfill a special dream or wish.
 
For George, a veteran in the Western Counties Wing at Parkwood Institute, this meant giving back to the community by ensuring London’s homeless do not go hungry. He organized a food drive, collecting non-perishable food items from staff and fellow residents.

“I’ll tell you right now, I’m happy, so happy and so proud; not only for me, but for the people I’ve done the work for,” said George. “I’m glad I could help get what we wanted done.”—George Browning

“George has such a big heart and always looks out for people,” says Alida van Dijk, a chaplain at Parkwood Institute. “His wish choice didn’t surprise anyone. He is always giving to others.”
 

It was a cold and windy day as George was bundled and loaded onto the bus in February to deliver the donation to the London Food Bank. Smiling and giving a thumbs up all along the way, the blustery weather did not dampen his joy.

“I can’t believe how much food is here,” said George looking at all the donated items piled into the bus. “I’ll go down in history.”

Upon arrival, George was greeted by the London Food Bank Chair Peter Harding, along with staff and volunteers. “It’s because of people like you, George, who make this all possible,” said Peter. “We can’t thank you enough for the wonderful gift you’ve given us.”

George was provided a tour of the building and learned how things were sorted, stored and distributed to those in need. As a special surprise, George’s daughter presented a $500 donation in honour of his late wife. George’s heart was full and he was brought to tears when learned that his donated food collection came in at a whopping 980 pounds.

“I’ll tell you right now, I’m happy, so happy and so proud; not only for me, but for the people I’ve done the work for,” said George. “I’m glad I could help get what we wanted done.” 

George Browning with donated food

Pictured above: George Browning with donated food
 

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