NEW GLASGOW – Dayle Crouse had forgotten how generous people are. She had forgotten too, how they can open their hearts and care about someone they never met.
Just a few weeks from Christmas she was reminded by a community that rallied together to purchase her 10-year-old daughter an insulin pump.
“It’s fantastic,” she said. “I’m shocked at how quickly it happened. It’s not that I underestimated Pictou County. I just forget how generous people are.”
A.G. Baillie Memorial School spent the past two weeks fundraising for Crouse’s daughter, Madison Moulton, to purchase a new insulin pump.
Moulton has diabetes and has been on an insulin pump since she was 2 1/2 years old. Her pump started malfunctioning last year and eventually broke. The cost of a new one was $7,500 and medical insurance would not cover the costs.
Crouse mentioned that she needed a new one to the school’s secretary, April Newcombe. Soon after, Newcombe spearheaded a fundraising campaign aimed at covering the costs of Moulton’s new pump.
Now, their fundraising goal has been met and still, even more donations are pouring in.
Newcombe said it’s been amazing how quickly the money came from the community.
“It’s almost been a full-time job taking in all the donations,” she said. “Most of the money came from outside the school. We had a lot of success with selling tickets and we had people sending donations in from Calgary, New Brunswick, all over.”
The school collected donations in a jar at the entrance of the school, donated the funds from the school book fair and sold raffle tickets.
The News ran several articles to draw attention to Moulton’s cause and had a feature story about the fundraiser on the website, ngnews.ca every day, which told Moulton’s story and asked the community to bring donations to The News office to have their names put in a draw for a free one-year subscription to The News. Through this effort, The News raised $816 from the community and presented the funds to A.G. Baillie’s principal Friday. Isabelle Sangster was the winner of the draw for the one-year subscription.
Nancy Boudreau, principal of A.G. Baillie, said the school appreciates the community’s help.
“It’s been overwhelming, heartwarming and mindboggling the amount of people who donated,” she said. “But that’s typical Pictou County.”
Some of the funds raised were collected by Moulton’s grandmother in Lunenburg as well who ended up raising thousands of dollars.
Newcombe said they still had donations coming in after they reached their total, and said the surplus will go towards the associated costs of diabetes which Crouse said amounts to about $600 a month for her daughter.
To those who gave, Crouse sends this message.
“From the bottom of my heart, thank you.”
She said they are hoping to help pay forward the good that the community has done by taking part in the Juvenile Diabetes Walk this Saturday to raise money to help find a cure for the disease.