The message form Parkland Ambulance spokesperson Lyle Karasiuk (Caring for the cold, Dec. 23) couldn’t be any clearer – we have to help our emergency services look out for one another.
While we are heading across the province and across the country to spend this time with family, it’s easy to forget others may not have a home to go to.
They can be literally left out in the cold.
It’s easy to pass by the vulnerable out on the street and not give it a second thought.
It’s equally as easy to ignore the vehicle pulled over to the side of the highway as we speed off to our destination.
However, those people may need help.
You don’t have to get out of your car if you’re not comfortable. Just pick up your phone and dial 9-1-1. The police and paramedics will handle it from there.
They have access to training, and resources, to help those who may need it, especially as temperatures dip at night.
If you notice someone hanging out at a bus stop after hours, or huddling on a street corner, or you notice a car pulled off the road or someone else in distress, don’t hesitate to call emergency services.
It’s much better to call and risk it being a false alarm than to ignore it and risk someone gets seriously sick, injured or killed because no one could bother to care.
This is the season of giving, and of love.
Give your heart to your less-fortunate neighbours and make sure everyone finds somewhere safe to go this winter.
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