Hat’s the way to do it for fundraiser
Last July, I introduced you to my 14-year-old granddaughter, Charlotte Payne, who was inspired by her sister, Makinley, to undertake a fundraiser,
Born on June 11, Makinley spent the first two weeks of her life in the neonatal intensive care unit at Hamilton’s McMaster Children’s Hospital. Thanks to modern technology, doctors detected a mass on Makinley’s right kidney before she was even born. She was delivered two weeks early due to the growth of the tumour. While undergoing tests and constant monitoring, Makinley was immediately put in the NICU.
With two other children at home and still in school, Makinley’s parents, Brooke and Eric Payne, would split the hospital and home duties, commuting between Hamilton and Waterford and trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in their crazy schedule. When help was needed in stepped Ronald McDonald House.
Thanks to support from Ronald McDonald House, Charlotte and her younger sister, Lily, were able to spend time with their parents and new sister. At RMH, they were put up in a beautiful room, with lots to do and great food. Their stay was made so much more pleasant by the caring and helpful staff. And it is all provided at minimal daily cost, which helps to relieve a family’s stress over finances at a tough time.
Charlotte was so impressed with how her family was treated during their visits to RMH and McMaster that she decided to do something to show her appreciation.
After receiving several compliments on a hat that she had “loomed” for Makinley, Charlotte decided she could sell the hats as a fundraiser. So, started what we called “Hats off for Makinley.”
After a donation by a Brantford couple of dozens of balls of yarn in every colour of the rainbow, Charlotte’s campaign was off and running.
Her hats were well received and sales were great.
She shared her hats on Facebook and at a booth at the Waterford Farmers Market.
Originally. Charlotte hoped to donate $150 each to RMH and McMaster. In the end, she was able to raise $250 for each facility.
On a recent followup visit for Makinley at McMaster Children’s Hospital, Charlotte was able to deliver the cheques.
Perhaps the happiest of all involved with this is Charlotte, who came up with the idea, did the work and followed through in promoting and selling the hats.
While no family ever wants to have a child needing these services, it is reassuring to know that they are there if needed.
Our family will forever be grateful for all they did for Mak and her parents and siblings.
Margaret Jones (left), director of major gifts at McMaster Children's Hospital in Hamilton, accepts a donation presented by Charlotte Payne, holding her sister, Makinley, who was born with a tumour. They are the grandchildren of columnist Brenda Dredge.