OHSWEKEN — Two Six Nations families with a lot of love for families in need put together local fundraisers to donate much needed financial support to the Six Nations Food Bank.
R.M. Roofing and Bloom Community Cannabis both made their donations to the Food Bank staff last Wednesday.
Chasity Martin, Operations Manager for RM Roofing said the family run business had planned a yard sale and bbq during powwow weekend and decided to turn it into a fundraiser for the food bank.
“We’re all feeling the effects of the increases in the cost of food and cost of living. It’s such a needed resource so let’s help our families,” said Martin.
Martin said altogether the donation was $1000 with a total of $420 raised during the bbq and the family kicking in additional donations to bring it to the final amount.
“I’m not sure how far $1000 will go but every little helps. Every little bit helps and if businesses are able to than they should. It would be a nice community gesture for sure,” said Martin.
Lewis Staats, owner of the Bloom Community Cannabis Shop also put together a fundraiser bbq for the Six Nations Food Bank during the store’s Grand Opening last weekend.
In total Bloom Community Cannabis donated $350 to the Six Nations Food Bank.
Staats says the store’s Grand Opening went well and is pleased to be one of Six Nations first licensed cannabis outlets with the Six Nations Cannabis Commission.
Staats that their patience has paid off.
“We felt the community needed to get organized and we are staunch supporters that cannabis is something that needs regulation that is why we waited as long as we did before we made the commitment,” said Staats. “We felt very very strongly that there was some regulation needed on it and we were willing to take our time and wait. Now that we have done that I hope that we can help to build that in the community. All our products are 100% tested by a third party. As much as we supported — we waited for the community to make it happen. We’re happy and we will continue to push forward here and we feel we have a good location. The store and gas been here for 30 years we will continue to work with the Commission to deliver safe and tested cannabis.”