MOUNTAIN — The recent SENSational raffle run by the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain has netted the organization over $1,600. All funds brought in through the raffle will benefit the HOL Food Bank, which serves over 100 local families each month, and outreach programs, such as starting over kits for fire victims.
The SENSational raffle was launched on Nov. 3 during the For the Love of the Game sports event hosted by the HOL. The winners of all three prizes were drawn on Dec. 21. The organization has expressed thanks to all those who purchased tickets.
Mark Gauthier of Winchester was the lucky first prize winner and took home a hockey stick used by Ottawa Senators player Fredrik Claesson and signed by the whole team.
Joyce Krencisz of Embrun was the lucky second prize winner and took home three Ottawa Senators tickets.
Tony Easter of Iroquois was the lucky third-prize winner of an antique sleigh packed with over $500 worth of Ottawa Senators merchandise.
Donations assist House of Lazarus in lead-up to Christmas
École élémentaire et secondaire Rivière-Rideau in Kemptville pitches in
KEMPTVILLE – The Christmas season inspired students and staff at École élémentaire et secondaire Rivière-Rideau in Kemptville to give to those in need.
In the lead-up to the Yuletide season, a food drive was held for the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain, with food items being collected by participants and then dropped off at the HOL on December 19. The generous donation was greatly appreciated at a time of year when household expenses tend to be higher and putting food on the table can be more challenging. Each month, the House of Lazarus Food Bank serves over 100 local families. Approximately 40 per cent of the food bank clients are children and 10 per cent are seniors.
Sheila Kennedy goes beyond ‘buying gift cards and writing cheques’
MOUNTAIN — Sheila Kennedy took the notion of Christmas giving one step further by organizing a family shopping spree on behalf of the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain.
“Losing all three of my big dogs shortly before Christmas hurt a lot,” explained Kennedy, via email. “I decided that focusing on Christmas would be my therapy. Then I realized that buying gift cards and writing cheques really wasn’t rewarding or much fun.”
Kennedy organized a family gathering that included breakfast at a diner, followed by the shopping spree at Jonsson’s Independent in Kemptville on Dec. 2.
“Because I know my family and friends well, there were a few competitive contests with rewards to ramp up the whole concept,” noted Kennedy. “With input from the House of Lazarus, I decided we would pair off into teams of two for the shopping spree. We all planned and we managed to cover off all age groups from babies to seniors. My family members ranged in age from 15 to 86. The game was on. Of course festive dress was required and I thank my family and friends for being adorable about this.”
Steve and Sylvie Jonsson, owners of Jonsson’s Independent, were very supportive and provided Kennedy’s family with a dedicated cash register on Dec. 2 to keep track of each team’s totals.
“We certainly were delighted when they boxed our groceries themselves and put up with our group’s nonsense,” said Kennedy. “We look forward to having them participate with us next year. The shopping was hilarious fun and watching the group work together, learn and honestly focus on the needs of others was amazing and very touching for all of us. An eye-opener for sure.”
The shopping spree resulted in just over $2,000 worth of food and goods for the HOL, which will be added to Christmas hampers for food bank clients.
“It was unanimously voted as our latest and possibly best family tradition,” concluded Kennedy. “All of us grew as a close group and within ourselves. The smiles say it all. My bottom line…best money ever spent and best time with these wonderful people. Absolutely nothing compares to being hugged by your loved ones and told ‘best Christmas gift ever, thanks.’ The dogs would be proud and we were all certainly thrilled and noticeably humbled. Merry Christmas all and please join us in our efforts any way
you can. The reward is amazing.”
The HOL Food Bank serves over 100 local families each month. Of those food bank clients, 40 per cent are children and 10 per cent are seniors.
“What Sheila and her family did for us was absolutely incredible,” said Kim Merkley, HOL client services manager. “They have touched so many of our clients this holiday season. We couldn’t be more grateful for their contribution and giving spirits. It’s truly inspiring.”
Ottawa photographer donates print to HOL
MOUNTAIN — Sandy Sharkey, Ottawa photographer, donated a beautiful print of one of her photo’s to the House of Lazarus (HOL) in Mountain for fundraising purposes. Sharkey posted a picture of the print on Facebook and asked her followers to nominate a charitable recipient of the print, valued at nearly $500.
The print is of a wild horse on Sable Island in Nova Scotia. Mandy Ayotte nominated the HOL and the winner was announced Dec. 12. Sharkey dropped the print off at the local charity three days later.