A bustling parking lot at Carlton Comprehensive High School on Thursday signalled a successful inaugural Treasures in the Trunk sale, organizer Janice Jacques said.
© Herald photo by Tyler Clarke
Seth Bourbeau, 8, hawks chips during Thursday’s Treasures in the Trunk sale at the Carlton High School parking lot -- a fundraiser for the Mont St. Joseph Home. Although Bourbeau paid a booth fee to the Mont St. Joseph Home, one of his goals was also to raise money to be used toward the construction of a tree fort.
“Baby steps. We hope next year’s will be even bigger and better,” she said of the Mont St. Joseph special care home fundraiser that saw people selling items out of the back of their vehicles. “I’ve got countless names for next year.”
Between having people guess the number of jellybeans in a jar, perusing hand-carved wooden art pieces and munching on barbecued items, Jacques took a moment to explain what all the funds raised during the event are going toward.
As a staff representative on the 13-member Mont St. Joseph Foundation board, Jacques helped organize the event, which was intended as a fundraiser toward Grandparent’s Day festivities on Sept. 8.
“It’s an internationally-declared day,” she said. “It’s the same as Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, but people aren’t aware of it.”
The day’s festivities, set to take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will include the annual stroll-a-thon, wherein the facility’s 120 residents have the opportunity to mingle with the public and enjoy the great outdoors.
The “stroll” portion of the stroll-a-thon includes a walk, or in the case of those in wheelchairs a push, around the facility by a family member or an adoptive family member, Jacques said, noting that volunteers can “adopt a grandparent” for the afternoon.
“It’s two hours of jammed-pack fun,” she said, encouraging anyone interested in stopping by to do so.
Baby steps. We hope next year’s will be even bigger and better. Janice Jacques
Econo Lumber has donated $5,000 to help put the event on, which in addition to providing fun for residents is, in turn, a fundraiser.
Although funded by the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region, its funding is spread thin, with the foundation picking up the slack.
“Any furnishings or equipment we need is paid for by our foundation,” Jacques said, adding that its hard-working board has done an excellent job of helping keep residents comfortable and happy.
“We have probably the best home, the best staff, and the best staff in the province,” she said.
“Yeah, we do!” a resident chimed in.
There are many wish-list items within the Mont St. Joseph Foundation’s goals – most notably including a garden for residents to enjoy.
They’ve also recently benefitted from a $200,000 donation from Kinsmen Telemiracle, which went toward ceiling track lifts, which help lift residents in and out of bed.
Now, the 43 ceiling track lifts need 43 slings, at $350 per sling.
Various other fundraising goals are within their wish list – the only limit being how much money they’re able to raise.
For more information on the Sept. 8 Grandparent’s Day Stroll-A-Thon or other Mont St. Joseph Home efforts, visit their website, online at www.montstjoseph.org.