FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Aniela’s Kitchen is stepping up to the plate to prepare food for Eric Coulam’s farewell party on May 21st and is asking the community for their support.

Owner Jeanette Johnston says after being contacted by the family, she knew that it was the right thing to do.

“His stepmom reached out to me last night and asked if we could make some platters for them. And she asked about costs and everything else. I just knew as I was responding back to her that this is something that I know that the community would love to get behind this and help out,” Johnston said.

Johnston says she’s been following Coulam’s story from the very beginning.

“When he first started to get sick and was needing a transplant or several transplants. It was such a devastating situation that he was in,” Johnston recalled.

Johnston spoke to Coulam last year and says after a 15-20 minute phone call, she felt a connection to him.

“He wanted to know if I could make him up a platter of food for when a friend of his was coming from Edmonton to visit him in the hospital,” Johnston said.

“I really felt connected with him. I just felt absolutely helpless. He was in the hospital, he was fighting for his life. He reached out to us and asked if we can make him some food so that he can have something down there,” She continued.

Aniela’s Kitchen is collecting donations to cover the cost of the food for Eric’s farewell party. All additional funds raised will go to the family to cover any further expenses they may have.

Residents can go into Aniela’s Kitchen at 10611 101st Ave to donate at the till or send an e-transfer to AnielasKitchen@gmail.com

“Please include ”For Eric” in the message, and please include your name. We will be sending a card with all donors’ names on it, with the food,” Aniela’s said on a Facebook post.

Spencer Hall is a news reporter for energeticcity.ca and a recent graduate of the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Radio Arts & Entertainment program. Growing up in Northwest B.C. made Spencer aware of the importance of local journalism, independent media, and reconciliation. In his spare time, you can find Spencer reading, playing video games, or at the FSJ dog park with his dog, Teddy.