John Schinnour and family of Sunrise Auto Sales Ltd. learned of the recent damages to vehicles and nuisance caused by suspicious characters at the Canadian Badlands Passion Play Site, and handed over keys to a vehicle to Executive Director, Vance Neudorf for the Sites future needs.
"I donated a used dodge caravan to them because theirs had been vandalized and it was to the point that it was not worth repairing. They had a need for another van so that they could pick up their supplies and move people around," Schinnour said.
Schinnour, who has been a member involved in the community with Kinsmen and other groups for over 40 years in the Valley, is quite committed to helping where he sees needs, but does this from his heart, not for hero status.
"I'm just doing it as a courtesy. They had a need for something and we just tried to help out with that. We do that with the Badlands Amphitheatre. We have over several years, doing free estimates on what donated vehicles are worth."
With the recent break-in, and vandalization, we can't help but take this personally in our community and it is wonderful to see people come forward to help in a time of need.
"Community responsibility is necessary to make a community thrive," said Schinnour. "The vehicle that was vandalized, it was apparent that there were no funds for repairs to the vehicle and I just stepped up. I try to instill that in our family as well. I just have always been taught that over the years. We've been in this valley since 1958 and have always supported it."
The Canadian Badlands Amphitheatre relies on monthly donations from members, volunteers and people from the community that sees the need for this fantastic Site and the world-renowned Passion Play that is put on every Summer. They have also announced, and are selling tickets for the Jann Arden Canadian Concert series Concert for August 10th this year.