MARTINS RIVER, Nova Scotia — For one Martins River resident, the annual Thanksgiving holiday turned out to be an extra special one after campers from nearby Rayport Campground raised enough money to buy him a new four-wheeler, reports South Shore Now.
South Shore Now says William “Bub” Hiltz is a regular and much beloved visitor to the campground during the summer camping season. Between July 25-26, his four-wheeler was stolen, which was his only means of transportation, according to David Eisnor of Rayport Campground.
The Eisnors put a jar in the campground office, and started rounds of 50-50 draws. South Shore Now says other campers came up with some ideas of their own to raise funds, such as holding a campground-wide bottle drive and a series of raffles.
“People would donate items. It started off at around $150 to $200 and people just kept donating and donating. Oil changes and barbecued sausages, Michelin donated some stuff,” Eisnor said. “The amount of people we get through here, and we’ve got about 90 sites, we get them from all over the world. So I posted online what happened, and we got donations from Boston, donations from British Columbia. And some people, if they did win the 50-50, they’d donate that money back. We raised about $5,500. It was a real community effort.”
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