Halton Hills residents did not let the effects of the ice storm dampen their Christmas spirit. While many residents were forced to stay indoors, the community stayed strong and offered help to those in need.
A Facebook group titled “Then, Now and When Georgetown” rallied a group of volunteers to offer warm water for washing, hot tea and coffee, extra blankets and coats, and transportation to the Gellert Community Centre, a heating center where warm drinks and food were served.
Many families spent quality time reading, playing games together and telling stories.
The Van Andel family, for instance, cuddled by the heat of the fireplace to read by flashlight.
Hydro crews from all over the province came to aid the Halton Hills Hydro crew. The men and women worked around the clock to restore power and heat to the residents of Halton Hills. One young man was so grateful for their help he built a work crew out of Lego dedicated to the Hydro employees
When power was finally restored the community came together in numerous clean-up efforts.
The congregation of St. Johns United Church in Glen Williams provided clean up services to the church grounds and the surrounding area. Many tree limbs and other debris needed to be cleared away from the sidewalks and roads.