Canadians are proving they know how to celebrate the holidays in the most touching ways. From this daughter signing lyrics for her father at a concert to a group of over 300 people gathering to sing carols for a cancer patient’s Christmas wish, Canadians do the world proud.
Harry Towle had a simple wish to see the Christmas lights in his hometown of Exeter, Ontario and to hear some Christmas music. When the community learned of his wish, they did not disappoint.
With just 24 hours notice, more than 300 people gathered to grant Towle the gift of song. The 78-year-old currently lives at Queensway Nursing Home and it was one of the employees, Margaret Sutherland, who organized the event. A donated limo picked Towle and his family up and drove them around Exeter to see the lights. Then it was on to the park where the crowd gathered to sing for Harry.
Scott Miller from CTV news reported the story.
Miller also shared the story on Twitter.
An emotional night in #Exeter, as 300 people came together to grant a dying man’s final Christmas wish. Harry Towle has terminal lung cancer and will not see another holiday. His final wish, to see the town’s Xmas lights and hear some carols. The town came through. @CTVLondon pic.twitter.com/H0DlJQus6p
— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerCTV) December 18, 2018
People had a strong emotional response to the story and to Towle.
❤️this …it's free to be kind anytime off the year ..humanity restored 😊👍🏻👍🏻
— darren mawhinney (@niny1971) December 19, 2018
Darn It who's cutting up onions in here!
— Kim (@ladycookiebeski) December 19, 2018
How in the world did @ScottMillerCTV get through this live without choking up?
What a remarkable story; God bless everyone involved here.
— 🦋 Katie 🦋 (@SafetyGirl100) December 20, 2018
— Mademoiselle❤❄☃️⛸🎄☕🎁 (@MademoiselleRe5) December 19, 2018
Inspiring to see the love in communities! Such a moment for this gentleman and his family to see kindness and compassion!
— Belinda Marchese (@BBMarchese) December 19, 2018
See?! There is much love and kindness in this world. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Merry Christmas Mr. Towle 😘 https://t.co/92oSaYlfWb
— Joanne Whybrow (@JoJoWhybrow) December 19, 2018
For some, the story brought back memories of living in a small town.
My father was from Exeter and I spent many years there visiting my grandparents. I remember the Christmas lights very well. This is an awesome story!
— Bad Daditude (@GodFearN) December 18, 2018
Small towns have have real heart- true meaning of community and caring
— Dave Jenkins (@jen00636917) December 18, 2018
Merry Christmas, Mr. Towle.