Thank you is not enough. That’s according to Shelly Long who says her community wowed her with support at a fundraiser that was held last month for her and her son. The family lost their home due to a fire in December last year, and Long says the fire not only took their home, but also precious heirlooms and even their family pet.

Once word got out about the family’s loss, members of the community took it upon themselves to help the family get back on their feet. Lifelong residents, Rhianon Dennis, Saxxon McLeod and Carrie DeFraye were behind a benefit dance that was held last month at the Burk’s Falls legion who said 100 per cent of the proceeds would go to the family in need.

Long says she couldn’t believe the amount of support from the community that helped raise thousands of dollars for her and her family. She said more tables and chairs were needed due to the overflow of supporters.


Long continued to say that she feels even closer to the people of Muskoka.


Long and her family are also thanking local businesses that donated prizes for the event. Algonquin Outfitters, Home Hardware, and Kawartha Credit Union were named as just some of the companies who supported the cause, as well as Kelly’s Home Furniture and the Dwight Garden Centre.

Long says she unsure of the next steps her family will take, but emotional healing will be a priority for her, her partner and her son. The fundraising dance brought in over $3,500 for the family.

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