BDH butterfly fundraiser a big hit

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The Beth Donovan Hospice [BDH] is celebrating its 30 year anniversary this year, and what better way to mark the occasion than setting a goal to raise $30,000? That’s where butterflies come in – paper butterflies, that is, and lots of them!

Rather than asking businesses to bear the financial burden of donating money directly, the Hospice is instead distributing paper butterflies to any North Grenville stores willing to sell them as a fundraiser. “We know that the pandemic has been tough on local businesses, so we thought that we would ask them to help us out by selling $2 paper butterflies,” said Amy Tibben, Outreach Coordinator at the Beth Donovan Hospice. “We provide the butterflies, and the businesses offer them for sale at checkout. Depending on the business, they can then choose to post the butterflies in a window or other prominent area to demonstrate their support and increase awareness of BDH.”

The Hospice has been working for a number of years to increase public awareness about its function, and the free support it provides to those caught in the journey of life-limiting illnesses and end-of-life transitions. It serves the North Grenville and Merrickville areas, as well as some communities in South Ottawa.

With the most recent butterfly fundraiser, Amy pointed out that those who purchase a butterfly do not necessarily have to leave it at the store. “Perhaps the purchaser would prefer to take a butterfly home to post in their own front window,” said Amy. “We are really hoping to see butterflies all over our community!”

So far, the butterfly fundraiser appears to be a big hit in the community. Amy noted one particular business where the support from customers is very evident. “I really couldn’t believe the amount of butterflies in the windows at B&H grocery story when I was in on Wednesday,” she said. “It really is incredible that our community has stepped up so enthusiastically.”

It is not only B&H customers who have shown support. Customers of other local businesses appear to be in the giving spirit as well, as are some of the business owners themselves. “Other local businesses have also offered their support to our cause by donating financial contributions, gift baskets, and gift certificates for our silent auction, and by creating custom cookies with a portion of proceeds coming to the Hospice,” said Amy. “We welcome any support that businesses and organizations want to contribute in whatever way works for them.”

The Beth Donovan Hospice will officially celebrate its 30 year anniversary on September 28 with an open house. All are welcome at the Hospice on that day to celebrate with food, music, memories, guest speakers, and activities for the kids.

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