EDITORIAL: Be a good neighbour, shop close to home

The Christmas season is upon us and that means endless hours spent battling big box shopping mall chaos looking for the perfect gift for our loved ones.

For many Ladner and Tsawwassen residents, it will undoubtedly mean a trip across the river into Richmond, or down the highway into Surrey to get the shopping done. Others will opt to order their gifts online.

The allure of cheap goods and one-stop shopping is understandable.

However, spending our hard-earned dollars in far flung municipalities does this community a disservice.

The business owners of Ladner and Tsawwassen are our neighbours, our friends, and even our family. And when we spend our dollars at local stores, we ensure those dollars are in turn circulated throughout our community, benefitting everyone.

These businesses pay taxes, which help pay to pave our roads and tend our parks. They employ local residents, who in turn spend their pay cheques locally.

Local businesses also offer much-needed services close to home.

These same businesses also help organize and pay for the many Christmas events we’ve come to know and love here in South Delta, such as the Ladner Business Association’s annual Christmas tree lighting, Tsawwassen Town Centre Mall’s Wake Up Santa event, and the Tsawwassen Business Improvement Association’s Christmas lights display.

As such, the success of local businesses is tied closely to the success of our community as a whole.

Shopping close to home can save you time and money as well, since you won’t be using as much gas driving out of town, nor having to pay for parking.

It may be tempting to drive into Richmond or Surrey for your shopping needs, or cross the border into Point Roberts and pick up gifts ordered off the Internet.

But this Christmas, shop close to home and support our community.

Your neighbours will thank you.

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