For decades, Larry Hogarth has devoted his time and skills as a handyman to being of service to others.
Whether he is volunteering at the arena, helping with maintenance at the United Church Cemetery, or building ramps and repairing fences for neighbours, Larry is always generously giving his time to others.
That is why we at CollingwoodToday were so pleased to surprise Larry with our first-ever Random Act of Kindness to show our gratitude for the time and effort he puts in to make a difference for his neighbours.
“Every time I turn around Larry is helping somebody,” said his nominator, Doug French. “He doesn't ever expect to be paid and if people insist on paying him he suggests they make a donation to a charity instead.”
“Larry has a tremendous impact on the community. Anytime anything is going on he seems to be there helping out,” said Doug.
Our team arrived at Doug’s house with a special gift for Larry, including an item that will help with one of his favourite pastimes: boating.
An anonymous reader generously donated an inflatable life jacket for us to give to Larry. Additionally, Doris and Tony Sensenberger, owners of the Iron Skillet of Collingwood and Wasaga Beach, provided us with a $50 gift card to the Iron Skillet Restaurant for Larry’s surprise.
“I had no idea,” Larry said of the surprise. “It’s an honour [to be recognized]. I enjoy what I’m doing but it’s nice when someone says, ‘yeah, you are doing great work.’”
“I enjoy doing it, what more can I say?” Larry said of his volunteer work. “I haven’t run out of things to do yet.”
Our surprise for Larry was a small way for us to say celebrate a man who quietly keeps busy by helping others in our community.
Thank you to our anonymous sponsor and The Iron Skillet of Collingwood and Wasaga Beach for making this Random Act of Kindness possible.
If you know someone deserving of a Random Act of Kindness, our nomination form is always open for new submissions.
If you would like to support our Random Acts of Kindness program, please email [email protected].