IODE gives boost to community organizations

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IODE member Cathy Reaume, left, helped CK Hospice kitchen co-ordinator Karen Brooks, right, with the new refuse container project, built by Windmill Cabinets and donated by the Captain Garnet Bracken Chapter of the IODE.

The Capt. Garnet Bracken Chapter of the IODE in Chatham supported the community with two separate donations recently.

The Chatham-Kent Hospice kitchen co-ordinator Karen Brooks went to Windmill Cabinets to inquire about a new refuse container, and Cathy Reaume, an IODE member and employee at Windmill Cabinets saw a great opportunity to help out the CK Hospice.

“We had a metal cart for family members to bring back kitchen trays from the rooms but it was not fire code compliant and we needed something to replace it. We needed a place to put refuse and recycling as well,” Brooks said. “That particular item has been on our wish list for a while.”

Reaume saw an opportunity for the IODE to help Brooks with the project, and Windmill Cabinets made the new refuse container to match the cabinets in the Hospice kitchen area.

The IODE also made a donation to the Chatham-Kent Student Nutrition Program run by CK Public Health in the amount of $3,000. Capt. Garnet Bracken Chapter President Sandra Smith said the funds were raised through the Riverview Gaming Centre Charity Bingo program, which the IODE has been participating in for over 20 years.

The IODE has been around since 1908 and is the oldest women’s charitable organization in Canada, with members all across the country, Smith said.

The IODE made a donation of $3,000 to the CK Public Health Student Nutrition Program, with funds raised from charity bingos at the Riverview Gaming Centre. From left are IODE members Dianne Blonde Pinkerton, BJ Makowetski, Student Nutrition Program Co-ordinator Al Davies, Marianne Johnstone and Cathy Reaume.

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