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It wasn’t just a book sale, it was a  gathering place to socialize.

That’s the quote from the Ridgetown Independent newspaper when they wrote an article featuring a recent cottage book sale in the park.  Cottager Elizabeth Cooper decided back in the spring to host a used book sale at her cottage on Lakeshore Drive.  She promised to donated the proceeds to the Food Bank in Ridgetown, run by the local Chatham-Kent Salvation Army. It was no small feat!

“There were so many donations of books, games and puzzles for the sale that I was overwhelmed with the call out!’ said Cooper. Hundreds of books were donated. The sale was held on Saturday, July 13th starting at 8am.  Dan “Sweet Corn” Davidson even came out and provided entertainment by singing and playing his guitar most of the morning. The sale brought out cottagers, campers as well as park staff! “It was really fun chatting with everyone,” said Cooper.

$400 was raised by the end of the 5 hour sale.  While she was on her way out of the park the next weekend to deliver the money to the Food Bank, another cottager just handed over a 20-dollar bill for the cause!

Becky Hebblewaite from the Salvation Army was thrilled with the $420 donation and thanked the Rondeau Cottagers Association for the generosity.  The Food Bank serves of 40 families in the area.