Salmon Arm businesses surprise local families known for their generosity

Shuswap’s Christmas car giveaway helped a family known for their generosity this year.

Silver Creek’s Darcy and Genean Blair were the surprised and grateful recipients of a 2016 Jeep Patriot 4×4, along with summer and snow tires, fuel vouchers and $1,500 insurance. The unsuspecting Blairs came to the Uptown SASCU branch to accompany their friend Kimberly Rees as she reportedly needed to sign some papers and her daughter needed to use the bathroom, so it was a perfect excuse to bring the family into the building. The waiting crowd then presented them with the news and a large check.

The giveaway is presented by SASCU Financial Group, Braby Motors, Fix Auto Collision and Kal Tire, who are working together to give the award to those in need. The companies select a recipient from among the nominees collected earlier in the year.

The Blairs were nominated by their friend Kimberly Rees and Darcy’s father Arnie Blair. Rees shared how Genean helped her after she was badly injured in a car accident a few years ago, even though they were just acquaintances at the time.

“She took care of my 10-month-old as if she were her own child, ran my household and helped me with my rehabilitation,” Rees said. “I owe her what I am today.”

Arnie applauded Darcy’s positivity in the face of adversity and his tirelessness in the face of rising expenses, family health issues or the need to organize commutes to work. Darcy is a volunteer and safety trainer for the Silver Creek Fire Department, a volunteer with Salmon Arm Rescue, and he spends time at the Silver Creek Senior Center preparing food and playing games with the residents.

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The family has used a vehicle to get around and the second car will be of great help, Genean said.

“It’s been such a tough year and that just turns it around,” she said.

The Blairs’ children, Addison, 9, and Nathan, 19, are sure to love the Jeep, too, their parents said. Addison was at the drawing and tearfully and a little shyly nodded his thanks.

“We have one window that doesn’t work and one that’s completely taped, so it would be great to have windows that go up and down!” Genean said of her current car.

“This is five years in which we’ve provided a much-needed vehicle to a Shuswap family,” said Justin Braby, Sales Manager at Braby Motors. “We wish Genean and Darcy the very best in the new year.”

“Just a huge, huge thank you, more than we can ever say,” a tearful Genean said.

“Thank you all for that,” Darcy added. “It will make a huge difference to our family.”

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