The Lighthouse Program offering peer Support for Grieving Children, Youth and their Families, receives much of their income from community events, some of them small and one-offs, others have evolved over the years into regular events that many look forward to each year.
During the recent Easter holiday celebrations, Lyle Bleich of Bernard Callebaut’s Chocolate store in downtown Oakville, located at 194 Lakeshore Road East, generously donated a divine chocolate bunny, weighing in at 3.6 kilos of the finest Belgian chocolate; this is the same as a small turkey or…the weight of the average human head! The eighth bunny Lyle has donated, they raised over $5,200 – providing the Lighthouse Program space for four children for an entire year.
Ryan Mercer, aged 9, drew the winning ticket for Betty, a dear Lighthouse facilitator who has supported many Lighthouse children over the past years, and she won this delicious bunny. Betty, who does not care for chocolate, donated the bunny back to the Lighthouse and they drew again….and the winner was Stephanie Hauser. Stephanie and her mom Jennifer had sold raffle tickets to many neighbours and friends and shared the bunny with them all at their Easter neighbourhood party!
The Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children is a registered charity providing peer support groups for grieving children, teens and their families in the Halton and Peel area. The Lighthouse is a forum for companionship with others who too have experienced a “life-altering death”. The journey of acceptance and healing for children and their families takes time, space and understanding. The Lighthouse is such a space.
This powerful Lighthouse Program network has many supporters throughout Oakville and the Halton Region. There are two up-coming events that will enable each of us to participate in helping to make the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children a success.
An exciting Wine & Shopping night, to benefit the Lighthouse Program for Grieving Children, will be hosted Thursday April 19th from 7-9pm at Vocado’s Oakville Location at 312 Lakeshore Road East. 15% of the proceeds will go to the Lighthouse Program. In addition, the Oakville Firefighters are planning a Car Wash at Gears Bike Shop Grand Opening, located at 547 Trafalgar Road, Saturday April 14th 10am – 2 pm. All proceeds from the car wash will support the Lighthouse Program. Your support at these events is greatly appreciated!
Parents, who feel overwhelmed with their own grief struggle to continue life as before, and find comfort in knowing their children are given the support they need at the Lighthouse. If you would like to support the Lighthouse Program by hosting an event; a Run or sports events, or a private party, please let them know – They are grateful for any new ideas that fuel their growth.
Located at 82 Wilson Street in Oakville, the Lighthouse Program can be reached at 905-337-2333. Visit their web-site at www.grievingchildrenlighthouse.org.