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Local youth makes sizeable donation to Headwaters

June 24, 2021   ·   0 Comments

By Sam Odrowski

A local 8-year-old boy, with the help of his family, is making a large impact on local not-for-profit organizations.

Chase Donnell and his 12-year-old sister, Aaliyah have spent the past few months making thousands of bath bombs, priced at $2 each, and were able to donate nearly $3,000 to Orangeville and District SPCA in April from their sale.

Since then, they moved their sights to Headwaters Health Care Foundation (HHCF) and fundraised a little over $1,300, which will assist the hospital in covering the cost of annual equipment needs, which aren’t covered by the government.

“This is really going to go a long way for our hospital,” said Kendra Goss, corporate and community engagement coordinator at HHCF.

“During times like these it’s just been so hard and we’ve struggled with some fundraising. Our events have had to be cancelled or postponed, changed, so a donation like this is so beneficial to healthcare and our community.”

Goss also noted that Donnell donated a bunch of bath bombs to the nurses at Headwaters during National Nurses Week (May 10-16).

“The nurses here were so thrilled to get those,” she said. “Something like that during times like these just put huge smiles on their faces.”

When Donnell was asked why he wanted to support the local hospital, he said his grandpa receives care there and he saw that they needed help fundraising for the purchase and replacement of medical equipment.

He told the Citizen it feels good to raise the money and be able to help Headwaters.

For the rest of June, Donnell is going to be donating the revenue he generates from bath bomb sales to the Orangeville Food Bank and Family Transition Place.

Starting in July, he’ll shift gears to fundraising for Autism Speaks Canada.

Donations of bath bomb making supplies are welcomed by Donnell, as he notes a lot of money goes towards the supplies used when making them, which aren’t recuperated with the sales.

Healing Moon (23 Mill St) has been a consistent supporter, graciously providing bath bomb making ingredients and even buying the bath bombs to give to customers with their orders.

Anyone looking to purchase Donnell’s bath bombs can also find them at the Village Refillery (28 Mill St Unit 109B), Finders Keepers (60 Broadway Ave, Garage Unit), and Grassroots Eco Refills (110 Goldgate Crescent, Orangeville).

Looking ahead, Donnell is planning on having a booth setup at the next Orangeville Mom’s Market, which is being hosted at Hockley Valley Farm (307509 Hockley Rd, Mono) on June 26 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

When asked why people should purchase a bath bomb, apart from their fantastic aroma, Donnell noted that you’re “donating to charities and helping people out.”

Donnell’s mom, Judy Ward, called it, “the gift that gives back.”

To inquire about purchasing bath bombs or donating ingredients, you can email: bombsbychase@gmail.com and visit Facebook.com/bombsbychase/ or Instagram.com/bombsbychase to learn more.



         

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