Stratford’s House of Blessing receives donations from employees at one of Tavistock’s major employers


  • Community   Fri, Jul 1st, 2022   Gary West
South Easthope Mutual Company employees Kylee Pines and Jill Keller present a cheque to Theresa McMurray and Lisa Stanley in the foyer of the insurance company last week for much needed aid to Stratford’s House of Blessing.


South Easthope Mutual Company employees Kylee Pines and Jill Keller present a cheque to Theresa McMurray and Lisa Stanley in the foyer of the insurance company last week for much needed aid to Stratford’s House of Blessing.


By Gary West
It was smiles all the way around when the employees of South Easthope Mutual Insurance Company presented Stratford’s House of Blessing with a cheque for $700 last week.
Dress-down Fridays happen every week for the staff at the Tavistock company, and those who participate pay to have the privilege to come to work in casual attire. The employees say they have been donating to worthwhile charities since 2005. They started with the Canadian Cancer Society and have donated to many local charities and service clubs since then. To date, they have raised a total of $24,026.46, and this is the first year for donating to the Stratford House Of Blessing, but they have donated to the Salvation Army food bank in prior years. This year the employees felt with the rising cost of so many items, including groceries, they realized the local food bank would be a great place to support and help in these trying times.
Besides money coming in from dress-down Fridays, staff also sponsored a craft and bake sale and raffled off plants for interested parties to buy. Executive director of the food bank, Theresa McMurray, said her organization is very grateful to companies like South Easthope Mutual for thinking about them and the people that they serve in tough times. She said since COVID, there has been more need than ever before, and especially rough for families who need to access food and necessities just to survive. McMurray also said they have seen a spike over the last few months in the needy coming through their doors on Erie Street in Stratford, and says there are no boundaries when it comes to hunger.