Snow­suit fund still look­ing for do­na­tions

Seaway News - - NEWS - Todd Li­hou

CORN­WALL, On­tario - More than 200 Corn­wall chil­dren have been clothed in warm snow­suits this year thanks to a prom­ise made years ago by a man who left a legacy of giv­ing.

The Dave Paupst Snow­suit Fund was started three years ago by the late Corn­wall man’s wife and daugh­ter who have held fundrais­ers and col­lected warm win­ter cloth­ing for the less- for­tu­nate.

The seeds of the pro­gram were sewn when Paupst, who suc­cumbed to a brain aneurysm in Au­gust of 2010, coached novice hockey and helped out young chil­dren in sports.

“So we con­tin­ued his legacy with chil­dren us­ing snow­suits,” said Amanda Gaucher, who along with her mother Nancy Paupst run the pro­gram. “My dad later said no kid would be cold.”

Dave do­nated to snow­suit funds be­fore his pass­ing, and then his wife and daugh­ter be­gan their own pro­gram fol­low­ing his death.

“I’m kind of get­ting used to it now,” said Gaucher with a laugh. “At the be­gin­ning if some­one gave us $ 100 we were both cry­ing.”

While some 200 young peo­ple, mostly through the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety, have been clothed with a new snow­suit, do­na­tions are still be­ing ac­cepted – es­pe­cially now that the cold weather is upon us.

“We do this all year,” said Gaucher, who can be reached via email at ap_ ger­bra@ hot­mail. com for in­for­ma­tion on do­nat­ing a snow­suit.

The pro­gram has re­ceived help from lo­cal busi­nesses like Mille Roches Con­struc­tion, Bank of Nova Sco­tia, Flo­ral Ex­pres­sions, Dairy Queen, Tim Hor­tons, City Lim­its and Dream­land to help drum up funds.

Events like bake sales, bar­be­cues and live en­ter­tain­ment have been held in the past.

If you’re look­ing for a snow­suit for a young per­son con­tact the Chil­dren’s Aid So­ci­ety of SD and G.

Nancy Paupst, left, and Amanda Gaucher are helm­ing the Dave Paupst Snow­suit Fund in Corn­wall.

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