WEYBURN – A cookie fundraiser for the Mending Little Hearts Fund of Saskatchewan by Jennie Moule and her daughters, Morgyn and Myla, almost doubled the amount they raised last year with a big response this year.
As of the end of February, the Moules had baked 223 dozen cookies (2,676 cookies), raising $3,699, plus another $735 was raised by the Rolling Pin Bakery and Café. They had sold hearts, took donations and donated $1 from every apple strudel sold, to bring the grand total to $4,434.
“This year was absolutely amazing, and we are so very grateful to live in such an amazing community and to have such supportive family and friends. … 2021 was our first year and we made 134 dozen cookies and raised $2,575,” said Jennie, noting all proceeds go to the Mending Little Hearts Fund.
To help them reach this goal, Prairie Sky Co-op had donated $250 towards ingredients for making cookies, and Great Plains Ford donated $250, with staff placing extra orders for cookies.
In addition, Pharmasave donated a prize package for those who bought cookies, and the winner was Stephanie Scott.
Jennie explained there are multiple families in and around Weyburn that utilize MLHF including their family.
“Our daughter, Morgyn was born with a congenital heart defect called Pulmonary Atresia with a VSD and ASD, and has had two open heart surgeries so far in her 13 years and will need more down the road,” she said. “MLHF means the world to us because Morgyn gets to hang out with and get to know other children that have heart defects too.”
The Mending Little Hearts Fund allows people to make directed donations toward addressing the unmet needs of children living with heart conditions from all across Saskatchewan. Contributions will improve the health, wellbeing, and survival of these children by:
• Providing additional equipment for diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of their conditions;
• Establishing educational resources for these children and their families;
• Developing support services for these families at the time of diagnosis and procedures;
• Allowing a child and family to attend the highly successful annual CHAMPS summer camp.
The Children’s Healthy-Heart Activity Monitoring Program in Saskatchewan, or CHAMPS Camp, is a program for children between the ages of seven and 17 years with congenital or acquired heart disease. CHAMPS brings children with cardiac conditions together in a supportive, safe environment that encourages them to build their confidence in physical activity participation and mental wellness. The camp is funded primarily through the Mending Little Hearts Fund of Saskatchewan.
“Morgyn feels normal and it’s all because of the camps that MLHF puts on. They teach them ways to cope with their defect, different strategies to help with anxiety they might get before any appointments or procedures and much more. Before being a part of this amazing group she didn’t realize how many other kids have special hearts like her,” explained Jennie.