giving tuesday 2018

Pictured: Scott Newton, Chris Newton and Paul Virgin (Chair of the Mississippi River Power Corp and Co-Chair of the ‘Put Yourself in the Picture’ Campaign)

#GivingTuesday is a global movement where charities, companies and individuals join forces to showcase the importance of giving and volunteering.The recent efforts of Scott Newton (Mississippi River Power Corp.) and Chris Newton are a perfect example of community supporting community.

Chris and Scott retrieved, cleaned and sold railway spikes they removed from the river. A total of 214 spikes went to 69 supporters, raising a total of $1505 for the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation.

The spikes were purchased for a variety of reasons. Many people purchased a spike to have a historical keepsake from the railroad that went through town for 150 years. Some purchased as a keepsake for their grandkids, others as a keepsake for a family member who worked on the railroad. One woman purchased two spikes, planning to make something out of them for her 6th wedding anniversary (the traditional 6th wedding anniversary gift is iron). Another purchased several in memory of a family member, who loved trains and the railroad through town, who had passed away.

To Scott, Chris and all families who supported the AGH-FVM Foundation through the purchase of these spikes, thank you for #PuttingYourselfInThePicture