Battery fundraiser gets a boost from local school, custodian

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When Luke Gignac, Chief Custodian at Ecole Secondaire Le Caron in Penetanguishene heard about the Smiles Per Hour battery fundraiser, he decided to start collecting expired batteries from his school community.

When Deb and Don Marchant of Smiles Per Hour in Midland heard about a 7-year-old Wasaga Beach girl, and her family's struggle to purchase a specialized power wheelchair, they wanted to help them out. Chloe Fraser was born with a rare spinal injury, and the new chair will  give her the ability to stand up on her own, and help train her muscles to potentially walk. The chair, which has to be custom fitted, comes at a steep cost - upwards of $50,0000. They decided to host a fundraiser for the family, collecting old batteries to be recycled.

They have been overwhelmed with support - including the donation from Le Caron. Over the course of three weeks, he managed to collect bags and buckets worth of batteries, that would have been tossed into the trash, or turned over to the country though this week's recycle program.

Mr. Gignac is not alone in his efforts. The original goal of the campaign was to raise $5,000 for the family.

But the actual tally could be much higher.

Jason and Carey had a chance to speak to Deb Summers Marchant this week. This is what she had to say:



Batteries will be accepted at Smiles Per Hour until this weekend - as she will be tallying up the final total on Monday, November 9th.

Batteries can also be dropped off until Thursday this week at the following satellite locations:

Minesing - 2090 Snow Valley Rd Hwy 11 north at Line 1

Barrie - 89 Donald Street

Orillia - 149 Mississauga St E.

Angus - 29 Vernon Street

Wasaga Beach - at the fire hall on Mosley Street or River Rd West, and at Chloe's school - St. Noel Chabanel on Ramblewood Road at 58th Street.

Alliston - Eden Grill in the Boston Pizza Plaza

Tottenham - 44 Wolfe Avenue

Beeton - New Orleans Pizza

Collingwood - 68 Campbell Street

Perkinsfield - 110 Concession 16

***Please Follow all COVID protocols - including physical distancing and wearing a mask when dropping off batteries****

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