PARSON’S POND — A benefit held in Parson’s Pond for the John Howard Society collected double its initial goal, with $400 taken at the door of the local community centre. It’s something that prompted Melita Flynn to consider possibly making the event annual.
Flynn organized the benefit after the death of her brother, Titus House, last August. She said the John Howard Society helped House’s son and her family wanted to do something to show their appreciation.
The benefit saw local entertainment and dancing, as well as food and beverages, all donated by members of the community.
“We’re getting a lot of people telling us that we should do this again and we’re seriously thinking about it,” said Flynn. “What we got was beyond community support over the weekend and we’re so grateful to everyone.”
The John Howard Society works with people at risk of entering the corrections system, offering them counselling, career advice and assistance for addictions, as well as other means to try and keep potential law-breakers from getting into trouble.
House passed away at age 42 but Flynn said his son has been helped greatly by the society. She said if it is possible to make the benefit an annual event it will be held in August around the anniversary of her brother’s death.