(From left) Leslie Friesen, Shelley Fritzke, Gabby from Starbucks, Wendy Toohey (the manager of Matthew’s House) and Amelia Kent enjoyed the recent Coffee Morning at Communitas Supportive Care Society. Laura Ullock photo

(From left) Leslie Friesen, Shelley Fritzke, Gabby from Starbucks, Wendy Toohey (the manager of Matthew’s House) and Amelia Kent enjoyed the recent Coffee Morning at Communitas Supportive Care Society. Laura Ullock photo

Coffee Morning events in Abbotsford raise more than $10,000

Funds go to Matthew’s House for kids with complex care needs

The recent Coffee Morning raised more than $10,000 for Matthew’s House in Abbotsford.

During the last week of April, people gathered in schools, homes, offices, parking lots and backyards to sip coffee, eat goodies and make their donation to support families with children who have complex care needs.

“We had great participation this year with over 25 different groups signed up,” said Alan Cavin, director of resource development for Communitas, which operates Matthew’s House. “It is so encouraging to see this event continue to grow every year.”

Coffee Morning is held during one week each spring. People sign up to host a Coffee Morning on one of those days and then invite their friends or colleagues to join them for coffee, tea and goodies and encourage them to bring a donation for Matthew’s House.

At Thomas Swift Elementary, parents, students, teachers and families raised $3,000.

“Parents from the school and my family did tons of baking and we served it with hot coffee in the morning and cold coffee and more baking in the afternoon,” said Mindy McCracken, who organized the event.

Her son Austin stays at Matthew’s House, which supports families by providing quality care to children and youth who live with complex care needs.