The Cedar Hedge equipment and furniture will remain in storage until the money is raised to fund the cost of shipping.
So far, that fund totals $2,500, a single donation from Champlain National Bank President Jon Cooper. The shipping will cost at least $10,000, Blow said.
“This is an extremely worthwhile cause,” Cooper said. “We have key members of the community that go and participate in the project (mission trips to Nicaragua). It has made such a significant change that I hope others step up and match the bank’s generosity so we can continue to improve the lives of people around the world.”
A KIND OF CLOSURE
It helps tremendously, Blow said, to have overnight use of a tractor-trailer donated by 3-J Fuels Inc., courtesy of owner Carl Smith. It will be driven by Daniel Rabideau, a volunteer whose grandfather, the late Maynard LaBarge, once lived at Cedar Hedge.
“This is wonderful,” said LaBarge’s daughter Rhoda Rabideau of Mooers Forks, speaking through Blow.
“Too bad that place ever had to close; they were wonderful to the people there.”
“People have expressed to me their gratitude that the beds that their loved ones slept in and the tables they ate at are being brought to another country where people need them,” Blow said. “I see this as a wonderful closure for people whose loved ones were at Cedar Hedge.”
‘ONLY SO FAR’
Kathy Eppler, Mission of Hope treasurer, said the organization has been fortunate with past fundraising efforts, and that it benefits from generous donors throughout New York and the rest of the country.
“The hardest part is getting (the equipment) there,” she said.
Dr. Roger Patnode, the mission’s medical director, said the Cedar Hedge donation will be put to use almost immediately after its arrival in Nicaragua. He has participated in mission trips multiple times and will spend two months there in January and February of next year.