My Ol’ Blues ‘Thankful Tree’ a food bank fundraiser

GORE BAY – It is tough at times to find something to be thankful for in 2020, with the current COVID-19 pandemic upending so many people’s lives, but words of hope and inspiration are adorning the ‘Thankful Tree’ at My Ol’ Blues store in Gore Bay.  

For each card that is filled out by customers of the business indicating what they are thankful for, the store will make a $1  donation to the Manitoulin Family Resources (MFR) community food bank.

“Customers don’t have to purchase anything to write their thoughts on the cards we are supplying for people to indicate what they are thankful for,” said Kathy Antonio, owner-operator of My Ol’ Blues.

Ms. Antonio explained, “usually I purchase all my recycled denim from the MFR second-hand store Thrift Shop in Mindemoya but it has been closed due to the pandemic and the food bank is using this space as well this year. So, because of all of this I’m not generating funds for MFR (through the purchase of denim). They have lost this source of funds from our business and hopefully a lot of people will fill out the cards (which are hung on the Thankful Tree in My Ol’ Blues) and we can donate funds to the MFR’s food bank which is in such demand this year.”

The cards will be counted up December 24 and My Ol’ Blues will donate $1 for each card filled out to the MFR food bank.