First Nation's new mothers benefit organized
‘I just want to help as many families as possible’
Mathieu Goodman and Kokom Donations are teaming up with Kaffé 1870 and Rutherford's Bistro to help make the holidays a little easier for eight single mothers and families living in Wemotaci First Nation.
Goodman is hosting a three-course benefit dinner, prepared by Rutherford's BBQ, and raffle on Dec. 8, at Kaffé 1870 from 5 to 7 p.m. in order to raise money for another donations run to the First Nations community on the north shore of the Saint-Maurice River.
“I’m hoping to buy 35 boxes of diapers, 20 boxes of wet wipes, and a bunch of pajamas and stuff,” Goodman told the Low Down. “There's a bunch of newborn babies, and I'd like just to get them some fresh stuff.”
Goodman explained he isn’t expecting to get enough for extras like toys and other Christmas gifts before he makes his trip on Dec. 22, but will hopefully be able to raise enough to cover the bare essentials and help keep some money in those families’ pockets.
“I haven't really been able to bring together the resources to be focusing on gifts,” Goodman added, “I just want to help as many families as possible.”
However, just because Goodman is focusing only on a few goals before Christmas, that doesn’t mean he isn’t planning to do more in the new year. He has set a goal to raise a combined $10,000 to sponsor five kids from Wemotaci and pay for hockey equipment, as well as league fees and gas.
It’s been over two months since Goodman made his last run, using a rented U-Haul “packed to the teeth” with toiletries, feminine hygiene products, clothes, toys, and non-perishable food items. He said he was motivated to act to break the cycle of anger and helplessness he was feeling and witnessing in First Nations communities.
“That's what motivated me to just get off my ass and do it because there's just not enough people that are out there that are,” Goodman explained. “They have a great, amazing, beautiful idea, but they're stuck figuring out ... how to do it the best way, but sometimes it's better just to get down and do it.”
If you would like to help Goodman fill his U-Haul once again with desperately needed necessities while also filling your belly with some delicious, bacon-wrapped cod, you can make a reservation for the Kokom Donations Benefit Dinner by calling Goodman at (819)-318-2494 to confirm your time slot. Tickets are $50 each, with a special raffle held after the dinner at 7:30 p.m. Extra donations are welcome and can be sent to the Kokom Donations fundraiser.