DOUBLE Thumbs Up to “the organizers, volunteers, businesses, police department, paramedics, firefighters, RFDA, Salvation Army, small groups and individuals in the city for the weeks of hard work, fundraising, and donations of food, toys, money, other necessities, and planeloads of goods to the northern communities so everyone can have the best Christmas possible. We are a city that always comes together showing kindness and generosity regardless of race, colour, culture or religion.”

SPEAKING of generosity during the festive season, “Thumbs Up to Christmas Cheer Fund and all those individuals who played a role in organizing, volunteering, fundraising and donating to assure so many families were provided with hampers of food, toys, baby clothes etc. The role they play in this community is monumental and is greatly appreciated.”

THUMBS Up to Thunder Bay’s giant heart from the grateful staff at the Children’s Aid Society of the District of Thunder Bay “for the overwhelming response of food and financial contributions in support of our Holiday Hamper Program and for the generous assistance of the Real Canadian Superstore and Renco, Centennial Square. Your donations will make a positive impact on the lives of our community’s children, youth and families this holiday season.”

THUMBS Up to the caring professionals at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre. “I recently spent 13 days — first in the emergency department and then the 3T wing. What began as a very frightening experience became a very pleasant journey (thanks to) professionalism, care, kindness and smiling faces. . . . Thanks to the staff of 3T; to Wendy B, Paula, Crystal, Stephanie, Barb, Teresa, Elaine, McKenzy, Jarrod. You truly are angels.”

‘BEFORE the first musical number in the junior production of Les Miserables this month was even half done I felt that I was at a professional performance, not at an amateur youth musical. Many of the young performers could easily transition to professional theatre. I have been to many theatre productions both amateur and professional and this was one of the best that I have had the pleasure of attending. Along with the amazing singing and acting the spectacular costumes and sets made for a fantastic evening. I am very happy that I was able to attend twice and would do so again.”

THUMBS Up to the students at St. Patrick High School “for bringing glamour to ladies of Sister Leila Greco Apartments by doing make-up, nails and hairdos. The boys served delicious trays of cookies and chocolate-dipped strawberries. We had a wonderful afternoon, ejoying the company of these young people. Merry Christmas.”

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Check out some of the Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down from previous weeks. For all the Thumbs, see the print and digital editions of the Chronicle-Journal each Saturday. Submit your Thumbs here.

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