Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wallaceburg rallies to support Alaina (Photos)

By Rori Bennett – Junior Reporter

Alaina Moninger, 12, of Wallaceburg has had cochlear implants since she was two.

Recently, her parents, Kristine and Stu Moninger learned that Alaina’s left processor has stopped working, and her right processor is beginning to malfunction.

Kristine put out a request on Facebook asking family and friends for suggestions about where they might be able to find financial assistance for helping them cover the $6,500 cost.

They would have to pay after the Assistive Devices Program covered a portion.

Within days the Wallaceburg community rallied around the Moninger family.

Event ideas became reality as family and friends alike began planning.

The first planned event was hosted by friends and neighbours, Tasha Dionne, along with Alaina’s friends, Mia, Hailey, Hannah, and Megan’s friend Alyssa Blonde-Castle.

A lemonade stand was held at the Dionne home this past Saturday, July 20.

Kelly Isaac donated cotton candy, and Megan and Alyssa baked treats to sell, along with lemonade.

The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day, despite the extreme heat warnings as the event began at 9 a.m.

A steady stream of customers continued to arrive throughout the day, both in vehicles as well as on foot.

“I can’t even begin to express how grateful and appreciative our family is, Krstine told the Sydenham Current.

“I’ve lived in Wallaceburg for most of my life, and I have seen time and time again how this community always comes together to support one of their own.”

Tasha Dionne said the lemonade stands proved to be an amazing success.

“It warms my heart so much to announce our fundraising total, the support from this community is truly amazing and we are so proud to be a part of it,” she said.

“These girls did amazing in the heat and loved every minute. Our total from just today is $,6400. A huge thank you to all you incredible supporters.”

A total of $400 from the lemonade stand was donated by the Wallaceburg Bantam Girls hockey team.

The club wanted to come together to help Alaina, who regularly attends games to support her sisters Meagan and Avery.

“This time, instead of being someone who tries to help others get what they need, we were on the other side of it,” Krsitine said.

“A million times, thank you to everyone. Whether you are helping with fundraising efforts, donating something, or have kept our family in your prayers, just know how much we appreciate you all.”

There are additional events that have been organized to assist the family.

On August 10, there is a vendor sale fundraiser, being held at the Old Czech Hall in Dresden from 6 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

A GoFundMe campaign has also been launched by Alaina’s aunt, Kim.

Follow this link to donate.

Here are some photos from the Saturday:

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