Baby Everley boot drive rejected, banquet hall offered

Posted on: October 26, 2016

By Howida Sorour-Roberts

The Town of Smiths Falls received a letter from Rachael Bell requesting that the town consider allowing a boot drive to raise funds for Baby Everley.

“I appreciate Rachael coming forward with this request, but I’m reluctant to support this initiative because it would be to support one individual.  There are dozens of needs in our community and we’ll be setting a precedent if we allow this one to go through,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow, during the Sept. 26 Committee of the Whole meeting. 

The town has a policy of conducting a total of four boot drives a year.  All four have taken place this year in support of several charities.

Council was in agreement that a boot drive would not be appropriate in this instance but suggested that they would support another initiative.

“I would be more than happy to donate the ballroom at the Gallipeau Centre if you can come up with a dinner to raise funds for the family,” offered Joe Gallipeau, Smiths Falls councillor.