The Matilda Memorial Recreation Committee is no doubt giving Mother Nature a great deal of thanks for a positive forecast last Saturday.

Yes, the majority of the day was aglow in the sunshine of fall and the organization boasted a hardy turnout for its second annual pig roast event.

The word from committee members is the day was a booming success, and what better way to showcase the ongoing improvements being made at the park in Brinston.

For the area was long forgotten as the community went through a turnover. Residents came and went, and the municipality shifted its focus to the more heavily populated communities of Morrisburg and Iroquois. It is unlikely it was to serve as an affront to the outlying rural areas of South Dundas, but just that numbers (and, at that, volunteers) were greater where the majority of homes were.

With that, those who remained living on the outside of the more urbanized zones went out making their own case.

In Brinston, it was the initial rebirth of the committee, then a new plan from the park and the return of the once popular Matilda Winter Carnival. Now the park boasts updated and accessible to all play equipment thanks to a $60,000 donation from the estate of the late Frank Ault, and funds from EDP Renewables.

Brinston and area pulled together to make it happen.

A little northwest of there, across the county line is Mountain, which is home to the House of Lazarus.

Well, the long ago established mission was recently in need.

The call went out last week for more peanut butter and canned pasta, two food items the charity’s food bank had run out of.

The House of Lazarus serves more than 100 local families, and these are people who count on the site continually for help. To run out of an obvious staple is unfortunate.

Thanks to power of community (not to mention the help of social media), the shelves are stocked again with the items. But, let’s make sure running out isn’t something that happens again.

That’s an example of an obvious growing need for food among some of the area’s downtrodden, and it is clear help is being offered when possible.

During last week’s Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry OPP Auxiliary Stuff-A-Cruiser initiative, more than 5,000 pounds of food and nearly $600 in cash was collected for Community Food Share.

When called upon, the community cared enough to listen.