“A letter from the founder of National Puddle Day”.

On June 21, 2010 a little boy named Matthew stood at the front door of Kinderseeds at 2:50pm with a big grin on his face, telling me how he was so excited to grow bigger so he could ride on the bus to his big school in September. I gave him a big hug and watched his proud face as his mommy strapped him into the back seat of the car with his baby brother. That sweet little face is still in my head… Matthew, baby Christopher and Mommy Trish were in a car accident on Hwy 6. Matthew died just minutes after leaving Kinderseeds that day.

Matthew loved his firefighter rubber boots. He wore them rain or shine and he made sure that he jumped in EVERY puddle he could. With Matthew as our inspiration, we developed National Puddle Day! National Puddle Day 2012 will be on Thursday, April 26th. This is a day to honour those children whose lives were cut short and to raise funds to support a local charity, Bereaved Families of Ontario-Hamilton/Burlington, the only local community resource that provides free grief support programming specifically for families who have experienced the death of a child of any age.

How to Get Involved:
1. On April 26th each adult will wear their rubber boots to work to represent the fun of jumping in puddles and express your support for National Puddle Day. We will provide you with signage.
2. We ask that schools get involved by asking their students to help fundraise to add to our donation to Bereaved Families of Ontario-Hamilton/Burlington. Email Sherri for more details on this.
3. Rubber boots make puddles more fun! Consider organizing a rubber boot drive by donating outgrown rubber boots to National Puddle Day. We will share them with other kids who can enjoy them.

NOTE: Councillor Johnson has set up a donation box at both the Glanbrook and Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre’s for you to drop off rubber boots. The Glanbrook Centre is at 4280 Binbrook Rd (next to the Arena) and the Stoney Creek Centre is at 777 Hwy #8 (at corner of Jones Rd) both locations are open between 8:30am & 4:30pm.

How to Jump In! Contact Sherri at kinderseeds@hotmail.com or 905-679-5437 for a puddle close to you.


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