Pulling into her driveway, Jennifer Clarke thinks of her grandma. She sees her 10-year-old daughter Charley set up selling hot chocolate to people passing by. “My grandmother was new to Canada and didn’t have much at all, but she always gave $20 each month to charity,” she says. “Now to see my entire family doing what they can to help others is really touching.”
Charley says she is giving back to St. Joe’s because of her two sisters Georgia and Jessica, twins who needed extra care when they were born five years ago. “I remember going to visit them and everyone was really nice, so I wanted to help St. Joe’s with things they need.” Charley’s fundraising, which has included hot chocolate and lemonade stands, as well as asking for donations instead of birthday gifts, has even inspired her two older brothers Blake and Connor – both who emptied their piggy banks to help.
“Our family believes in giving back and St. Joe’s is very special to us. I am very proud to see my children continue this wonderful tradition.”