LACONIA — A local high school senior presented the Carey House with a check for $2,400 to offset the costs of fuel oil this winter.
Madison "Maddie" Schumacher of Morningside Drive is entering her senior year at New Hampton School and raised the money for the shelter by holding yard sales, soliciting contributions from family and friends and selling items on E-Bay.
Stafford Oil also contributed $300 to the cause.
The Carey House is a not-for-profit private shelter owned by the Salvation Army. At the present time, it is the only homeless shelter in the greater Laconia area.
This is the second year in a row Schumacher has raised money for a charity over her summer break. Last year she raised and donated money for the Kurn Hattin School (Vermont) for at-risk children.
For Carey House Director Amanda Lewis, the payment of what she said could be as much as two to three months of oil bills — depending on the price and the weather — is "absolutely wonderful."
Lewis noted that is was heartening to see someone so young taking an active role in her community and helping those who are less fortunate.
When asked what Carey House would do with the $2,400 freed from the oil budget by Schumacher's donation, she said money would be spent on critical repairs to the property and some would be added to the funds they use to help people buy toiletries, diapers and cleaning supplies. She also said some of it would be used to offset program fees for those who cannot pay them.
Schumacher is vice president of her senior class and plays volleyball, tennis and basketball. She said she plans on studying medicine and becoming a physician.
CUTLINE: New Hampton School senior Maddie Schumacher (right) gives Carey House Director Amanda Lewis (left) a voucher for $2,400 for heating oil for the winter. (Laconia Daily Sun photo/Gail Ober)
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