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Heartwarming story of Sault hospitality

Thursday, December 26, 2013   by: SooToday.com Staff

The Essay is a daily personal piece submitted to the Globe and Mail's Lifestyle section by readers.

On December 17 the Globe published an essay by Caudia Casper of Vancouver who relates a harrowing tale of Christmas season travelling from Vancouver to Toronto and of a good samaritan in Sault Ste. Marie.

To read this essay in the Globe and Mail, please click here

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Pakadeva 12/26/2013 3:05:26 PM Report

Awwwww, what a beautiful Sault Ste Marie story! Thanks for posting, those kind of Christmas stories are heartwarming & awesome, one feels like home in the Soo is really a great place to be:) Merry Christmas to the writers & thanks for sharing your experience.
Some of us shall surely make room in our homes for you, next time you drive through!
thomas 12/26/2013 5:08:57 PM Report

Maybe the motel clerk in White River was reading the book by the cover when she saw this tired, probably haggard looking young couple, instead of just being a good, kind person to help out when they were down on their luck. It could have been her daughter who was trying to get home for Christmas.
Very sad.

Hats off to the kind gentleman who gave them their room in the Sault for free. Obviously, they left the next morning for Toronto with a lasting good impression of our small town in northern Ontario. It makes us proud.

Thank you for sharing this story Sootoday.
Blind Druid 12/26/2013 10:00:48 PM Report

The best thing about White River is seeing the town's signpost recede in your rear view mirror.
Pakadeva 12/26/2013 11:37:34 PM Report

@Thomas
I agree, I always try to put myself in the persons shoes when this type of thing comes to my attention...someone has to do the right thing, it may as well be ME, is a good answer.
k9teeth 12/27/2013 8:33:01 AM Report

�In a frozen Ontario town at Christmas, we found no room at the inn�

Really you think it is appropriate to compare your poor planning and impulsive behavior to the story of Mary and Joseph�s journey to deliver Jesus?

�we considered blowing all our money on a motel and trying for funds at the welfare office on Boxing Day�

WOW I wish I could live my life so recklessly and then blame others for not providing charity.

Shame on you.
proud mom 12/27/2013 11:01:39 AM Report

Don't judge the people of White River by this one story. I personally helped a family who were travelling on a cold winter night and ran out of gas. We fed them, gave their young children hot chocolate and took great pleasure in giving them a warm bed to sleep in.
I have also seen the "White River" sign in my rear veiw mirrow as I head to the Soo (as so many of us in the north do) to spend my money in your hotels, restaurants and stores. We all know that there are good and bad people everywhere!!
Gumby54 12/27/2013 12:18:39 PM Report

Wow: so much controversy over something that supposedly happened 28 years ago.
Merry Christmas.
Pakadeva 12/27/2013 12:35:57 PM Report

K9, apparently you have never been in need in your life, lighten up & have a heart, maybe some sentiment is needed for you! Remember this: What would Jesus do? He would have helped of course!

Proud Mom, yes, there are also GOOD people in White River, whenever I make a trip to Thunder Bay I spend overnight in White River or Wawa & both communities have awesome people in their restaurants & hotels that I have gone to. Sad these people were turned away, but, we know if they would have found the right people (like yourself) all would have been well. God Bless all & Merry Christmas!
troubador 12/28/2013 11:11:53 AM Report

Could someone tell me,
what is &#65533 ? I see it all the time but don't know what it is...
jojo12345 12/30/2013 2:04:24 AM Report

proud mom
well said i was a resident of wawa for over 42 years before moving to the sault
Small town is the best place to raise kids
and Wawa is one of the friendly town you can found
I been in the Sault for over 12 years...
And with what i see here every day..I will not make joke of White River
I have many friends in White River and they are real nice peoples who will give their shirt on their back to help someone
Don't judge this town by the mistake of one person
And she is right how many town come in the Sault and pay for Motel grocery clothes..
When I was living in Wawa once a month we were coming here took a motel buy grocery for the month all our clothes...
so count yourself that those town come here and support your business...
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