Gnome For A Home

Posted on 01/07/2019

Wow! Lylia Essaddam, a grade 5 student at Ecole Sir John A. Macdonald had an idea to raise money for Kingston's homeless by creating, "Gnome for a home." Lylia started with the goal of raising $500 by selling cards that she made herself and sold through her Facebook site. Lylia has now surpassed her original goal! She was able to sell 200 cards to people from Kingston, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec and Paris (!!!), taking a total of $1000 to Martha's Table. Her Facebook page set on November 27th 2018  is now followed by 237 people, posts have reached 3795 people around the world from Canada (Quebec, Montreal, Kingston, Belleville, Ottawa), Uganda, Tunisia, United Kingdom, France (Paris), Australia (Crows Nest), Poland, Japan (Sapporo), USA, Vitenam (Hanoi)…

Stephanie Crosier, journalist from Kingston Whig-Standard was there on the morning that Lylia delivered her cheque to the Executive Director of Martha's Table, Ronda Candy and was on the front page of the Whig Standard

Lylia is now determined to keep her charity going and to hand paint "Gnome for a home" cards for Valentine’s Day. She has this dream of raising more than $1000 by February 14th with 100% proceeds going to Martha’s Table. She would be very grateful for any kind of support as she aims to make "Gnome for a home" even more visible "so it can reach more people's heart."

Way to go Lydia! We are proud of your leadership, creativity and compassion.