2020-10-07

Counter weight

by Gayle Wilson

  • <p>CONTRIBUTED PHOTO</p><p>Paul Ramey (left) and Trent Stoddard template and measure the surface for the new counter top.</p>

A company in Lower Branch, Lunenburg County, that crafts stone counter tops was looking to give back to a community that helped it survive the turbulent COVID-19 times.

After launching a contest on Facebook to arrive at a worthy cause that might benefit from a new vanity or coffee table, Stonerwrights ultimately settled on a women's shelter in Bridgewater.

Harbour House, which offers a haven for abused women and their children, was the "hands down winner," according to a media release issued by the company.

And, as of last week, Stonewrights was putting the finishing touches on a whole new kitchen counter top for the home.

"We love being able to work with people in our local community and help them transform their homes into something beautiful that delights them every single day. We believe that we all deserve something extraordinary in our lives that makes us feel good and precious. Being able to give back to less fortunate community members is a very humbling experience," reported the owners, Karl and Martina Groeger.

Moreover, when a tour of the facility was done, it was clear that not only a new, 75-square foot kitchen counter with a back splash was "urgently needed," plumbing and electrical work was required as well.

The Groegers expanded the scope of their donation and coordinated buying the stone, milling it, and working with an electrician and plumber. They then proceeded to install their donation.

"Covid has exacerbated the number and intensity of domestic abuse. Pulling together has once again shown the power of giving and the strength of community," suggested the company.

As for Harbour House, executive director Jennifer Gagnon noted on the release that the kitchen is a place where women gather, talk and support each other and nurture their bodies and those of their children. The organization is "beside ourselves with excitement," said Gagnon.

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