In front of a Chemainus Fire Department truck, from left, are: Adeline Backer, Mackenzie Whitman, Marnie Backer, Lundy Whitman and Louie Whitman in front. (Photo submitted)

In front of a Chemainus Fire Department truck, from left, are: Adeline Backer, Mackenzie Whitman, Marnie Backer, Lundy Whitman and Louie Whitman in front. (Photo submitted)

Kids thank firemen for their efforts with a fundraising bake sale in Chemainus

Firemen, in turn, express their appreciation to the kids for thinking of them

Adults could learn a lesson from kids who know how to express their appreciation.

The Backer kids were joined by their friends, the Whitmans, all from Portland, Oregon who were in Chemainus for a visit, to conduct a bake sale to raise money to donate to the Chemainus Fire Department as a show of gratitude for all they do.

The 49th Parallel Grocery provided the kids with a space for their table and people who stopped by gave generously and enjoyed some fabulous baking.

The kids range in age from four to 11 years. There were a lot of squeals of delight when the firefighters came to thank them in person as well.

“They came to thank these kids personally and are fine examples of civil servants to this young group,” noted Ella Robinson Backer.

She was grateful to Val Galvin for coordinating the fundraiser and continually inspiring community involvement. “Chemainus is a special place,” added Backer.