Blyth's Boven donated to Huron Women's Shelter to aid children
BY SHAWN LOUGHLIN
Blyth’s Leah Boven has donated to the Huron Women’s Shelter to provide personal items for children in both the shelter and its several second-stage housing locations.
Boven raised the money late last year by selling Hanna’s maple syrup and barbecue sauce. With the toll the COVID-19 pandemic had taken on the area, she wanted to give back to the community in any way she could, so she first chose to raise money for local food banks, which were experiencing increased usage as a result of the pandemic.
However, the fundraiser was so successful, she decided to split her donation between the North Huron Food Share and the Huron Women’s Shelter.
Eleven-year-old Boven’s initial goal for the fundraiser was $500, but by the time it was over she had raised over $1,300 in just two weeks.
In meeting with officials from Huron Women’s Shelter last week, Boven was told they were very excited about her donation. It will give them the opportunity to buy items specifically for children in the shelter system that are not covered by their regular, day-to-day funding. Boven also said she was happy that her funding would go towards children.
Krista Evely, manager of fund development for the Huron Women’s Shelter, who accepted the donation from Boven, said there are a number of aspects to the work of the shelter. First, there is the shelter for women and children who are in distress and need immediate assistance. The second-stage housing, she said, is more transitional, with rent geared to income and locations in Clinton, Goderich and Exeter. There, she said, resources are available for women to re-enter the workforce or participate in training or return to school while getting back on their feet.
For more information on the Huron Women’s Shelter, visit online at huronwomensshelter.ca.
The shelter does have one upcoming event, set for March 8 to mark International Women’s Day. On that day, proceeds from McCafé coffee sold at McDonald’s restaurants in Exeter, Goderich and Wingham will go towards the Huron Women’s Shelter, second-stage housing and the shelter’s counselling services.
Rob Reid, owner of the three local McDonald’s locations, says he’d like to see between $3,000 and $4,000 raised for the shelter on that day.