Kelly Jaarsma (L) shaking hands with Henry Fennema (R)

Kelly Jaarsma (L) shaking hands with Henry Fennema (R)

Nadina Truck Service employees receives $10,700 in grocery gift cards

Kelly Jaarsma and friends happily presented to owners and employees of Nadina Truck Service $10,700 in grocery gift cards.

On Dec. 29 at the Himech shop, one of the temporary locations Nadina Truck Service is working out of, Kelly Jaarsma and friends happily presented to owners and employees of Nadina Truck Service $10,700 in grocery gift cards. The money was evenly distributed amongst the 18 employees, each receiving around $500, and the remainder split between those with children. In the story “Small towns with big hearts,” published in the Houston Today Dec. 21 issue, an account was set up at the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, shortly after the devastating Nadina Truck Service building fire, for residents to donated money to support the families of employees that are temporarily out of work. When the story was published, so far $1200 had been raised by the community. Seven days later, that number increased by $9500. “I have a feeling that it had a lot to do with the holiday season. I think with the businesses in town and the small nit community we would have raised the money anyways, but the holiday season of giving definitely influenced it,” said Jaarsma. When asked for an update as to the cause of the Nadina Truck Service fire, Chief Jim Daigneault replied, “No, nothing yet. Just waiting for the report to be released.” According to Henry Fennema, one of the owners of Nadina Truck Service, over $250,000 worth of mechanic tools was lost in the fire. Fennema said that he it is unsure still as to how much will be covered by insurance. “We have a fantastic crew, a great community, and we’re hoping to soon move forward in building a new shop. There are a lot of questions unanswered still, in terms of insurance. In the next two weeks or so we should know more.” With various temporary locations, including the Himech shop, a temporary parts shop located beside Wilson Brothers Enterprises, and one out of Andy Meint’s shop, almost everyone at Nadina Truck Service is now back to work. “We’ve had lots of help and community spirit involved in this, and without that we couldn’t go,” Fennema.