Last year, $4600 was raised for a member of our community who was struggling. This year, local business owner Genevieve Scarfone wants to do it again.

Genevieve Scarfone of Seed Confections
Genevieve Scarfone, owner of Seed Confections.

On Saturday, April 6, St. Thomas confectionary shop Seed Confections will celebrate their second year in business and a full year at their 159 Ross Street location. The celebration will include cake, prizes, and a fundraiser for a local family who could use a hand to afford their three-year-old daughter’s autism therapies. Seed Confections will be donating $2 from each macaron sold that day and 10% of all other sales to this St. Thomas family.

Award-winning chocolate bonbons. Image courtesy of Seed Confections.

The family was nominated as recipients of the #GiveWithSeed campaign and then chosen as a finalist by the Seed Confections team. The qualifications were simple: a deserving family, individual, or group in our community that would benefit from a financial hand up. Participants in the campaign then voted on the three finalists and the winner was announced on Monday.

Nova, a three year old with severe autism, will be the recipient of all the funds raised this Saturday. The donation will help her family manage the many challenges they face. Here is their story.

Three-year-old Nova, the recipient of the #GiveWithSeed campaign. Image courtesy of Seed Confections.

“Meet Nova. A sweet and full of life 3 year old who will be able to further her development thanks to YOU and #GiveWithSeed.

At 18 months old she was diagnosed with severe autism. With this, her family has faced many obstacles. She must be supervised 24-7 and her autism therapy costs upwards of $14,000 per year. Her father works at a nursing home and is a culinary student. Her mother is a full time stay at home mom. It is very hard for them to make ends meet, but providing their daughter with the therapy she needs means more then anything. They rent a property here in st Thomas, but have totally outgrown this house and have been saving every extra penny they have towards saving for their first home. With 3 kids, one income, and a daughter with serious special needs this is very hard.

With recent serious government cuts to the Ontario autism program, the family is left in a complete panic for their daughter’s future. Days can be very stressful on the whole family and financial support during this time would be an absolute blessing. She requires many hours of intensive care and therapies, which is currently preventing her from enrolling in kindergarten. With these therapies, she is making great improvements. The money the family pays now is the bare minimum as to what she needs, but it’s something and all they can manage. She is loving, happy, full of life and energy, and has so much potential.” 

Seed Confections’ famous French macarons. Image courtesy of Seed Confections.

On April 6 between 10am and 5pm, plan to drop in to Seed Confections at 159 Ross Street, St. Thomas to support this very deserving family.