Nation Valley News
MORRISBURG — The explosion at Evonik Oil Additives in Morrisburg on December 4th, which resulted in the hospitalization of 26-year-old Evonik employee and volunteer South Stormont Firefighter Blake Girard, has prompted the community to raise funds for both him and his family via the crowdfunding website GoFundMe.
Girard, who received third-degree burns on forty per cent of his body, will require multiple skin graft surgeries in the coming months and is not expected to be recovered until late next year.
Money raised through GoFundMe will help lessen the financial burden placed upon his parents and fiancee Abby Poapst while Girard is recovering in the burn unit of Toronto Sunnybrook hospital. Over the campaign’s first eleven days, the community raised a staggering $30,920, far exceeding the initial goal of $10,000.
Notable donations have come from businesses and organizations including the SD&G detachment of the Provincial Police and O’Neill’s Pub in Long Sault. The family-owned Pub raised $5,000 after hosting a bingo night and a spaghetti dinner, which was sponsored by the South Stormont Firefighters. Their efforts were supported by generous patrons and businesses, who pitched in with prizes for bingo and their own donation collections. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 569 also put out a call for its members to support the GoFundMe.