Local family receives donations in lieu of gifts for son’s first birthday



By Jolene Perron


“We always thought that kids who are only a year old are so content with an array of silly things around the house and there really isn’t a need for a bunch of toys and gadgets at his age.”

Life-long Amherstburg residents Jessica Gignac and her husband Branden celebrated their son’s first birthday in the beginning of September. She is a teacher at École St-Jean Baptiste, while her husband works on Fighting Island in LaSalle as a hunting and fishing guide.
She explained they have always enjoyed having family gatherings and bringing people together to “have fun and enjoy life.”

“For Reed’s birthday we had a big gathering at our home with friends and family,” said Gignac. “We have a lot of friends with children so thought it would be fun to host an outdoor party with lawn games, a bouncy house, trampoline, bubbles, snacks for the kiddies and a yummy taco bar. In lieu of the presents we asked for our friends and family to bring a $5 donation instead and that we would pay it forward to those in need in our very own community.”

Jessica Gignac (left) sits with her husband Branden and son Reed on the front porch of their Amherstburg home, with a mason jar filled with $230, which they raised during their son’s first birthday celebration and will be donating to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

The couple raised a total of $230, which they are donating to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission. President Tim McAllister said the money will be going towards purchasing baby supplies.
“The Mission started the baby food program over 15 years ago because someone was feeding their baby two per cent milk,” explained McAllister. “My director who oversees the program asked the person who brought it to our attention to find out what the baby likes, what it was allergic to/ They received things every month for 24 months. I believe the first 24 months in a baby’s life is important for it’s development. I would like to thank Jessica Gignac for her family’s donation.”

Gignac said she and her family are fortunate enough to have enough in life to get them by, so they decided to help out those who need a lending hand within their community, and encourages others to consider it as an option.
“We hope that an article like this may inspire more people to think twice about birthday parties and different gatherings and that changing their motive behind the party could in turn help people who may be less fortunate,” said Gignac.

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