Baby Ava

Saucy fundraiser helps newborn

Italian Kitchen and Save-On-Foods selling sauce in support of Vernon family

Parents Matt and Ashley were more than prepared for their new baby. But they weren’t prepared for her to arrive so early, and with the accompanying complications.

Baby Ava was born three months early, weighing just 960 grams (a little more than two pounds). Being so small, Ava is at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

Her dad has since had to return to Vernon to complete his schooling while Ashley is at her baby’s side in Vancouver.

So to help the family with the unexpected finances that come with the long-distance hospital stay, a fundraiser has been initiated at Save-On-Foods.

“We are trying to raise money to help the family out with some of their expenses,” said Jim Tennant, Save-On-Foods manager, who calls the fundraiser:  “Locals Helping Locals.”

“I have Italian Kitchen on board and we are selling their sauce off at $5.50 each with $2 from every bottle going to the family,” said Tennant.

Aside from a recent blood transfusion due to complications, baby Ava is doing well and growing everyday.


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