OAKVILLE - Every now and then you hear about a story or a person who “restores your faith in humanity”… as the saying goes.
Many of you probably are not aware of the inspirational undertakings of Bob Scott, Oakville Assembly Complex (OAC) plant chairperson.
Over the past year Bob has grown his family by three; he and his wife along with their four children have taken extraordinary efforts to help support a mother and her young 11 year-old son and 10 year-old daughter.
He met this family through his wife’s work and was instantly inspired by their story. After being left without a home to live in and mounting bills to pay because of turbulent home life, Bob’s family made it their responsibility to help this family get back on its feet. He helped to connect this family with a housing service to set up and finance an apartment – a safe place for the children to live and for the family to start its life over.
Bob put out a call to his friends and fellow CAW members here at OAC to help him set up and furnish the apartment. The family was overwhelmed with the care and generosity of everyone – furniture, cleaning supplies, gift cards and clothes were all donated to the family and Bob and his wife spent hours at the apartment helping them to settle into their new home.
When Christmas came around a couple months later Bob and his wife insisted on a copy of the kid’s wish list. Together, with the help of some others at OAC, everything on the kid’s list had been purchased, wrapped and put under the tree that Bob and his son cut down and decorated with the family. On Christmas Eve, he took over a big turkey dinner and officially welcomed the family into his own.
That night during dinner, the kids were telling Bob how worried they were that Santa Claus would not bring them any presents and that he would skip over their home. He explained to them that he knows Santa personally and that they should track his path on NORAD so they can see what time he will be passing by.
Bob promised the kids that they would get presents and told them that “Nick will want some cookies” when he got to their home. Their evident uncertainty as to whether they should trust him or not quickly vanished when they received a phone call from Santa Claus himself, OAC’s own Trevor Mason.
The kids could not believe that Santa would call them personally and know so much about their Christmas celebrations and their family. Bob and his family helped to give this family one of the best Christmases they could hope for, all in a time when they had such little hope left, truly one of the best gifts anyone could receive.
This summer, Bob bought the kids their own digital cameras and took the family to Florida and Disneyland with his wife and their children. Although it was an exhausting trip, he said it was worth it to see the smiles on the kids’ faces and the memories they shared.
While waiting to board their flight to Florida the young boy, who is “obsessed,” as he says, with airplanes and everything that goes along with them, noticed their pilot waiting at the gate and he showed no hesitation to approach him and ask question after question and wait in awe for a response.
The pilot, so impressed with this young boy’s knowledge and curiosity, offered to take the family on a private tour of the plane and let the kids go into the cockpit before takeoff. In almost disbelief, the boy was even more excited when the pilot reached to his lapel and unpinned his gold Amtrak wings and gave them to the wide-eyed 11-year-old boy who showed them off proudly to his family.
Bob thanks his family and friends for the generosity they exemplified noting, “I am lucky to have friends I can rely on and a family that cares about me, and I think that this is something everyone deserves.”