A fish & chip fundraising event for a family impacted by cancer held at Kettles Back Home Cookin' in Chatsworth had such a huge response from the community, they had to shut it down early.
Eli Stutzman who is an active, 39 year old non-smoker has been diagnosed with lung cancer. He is a husband and father of two young girls. The local family has been spending most of their time in London while he receives treatment.
Kettles co-owner April West says the March 4th event was slated for 2 to 8 p.m. and by 6p.m. they had made 500 takeout orders and raised over $20,000.
"We had to stop taking orders at 6, because we were backed up and there were too many people."
West says they ran out of takeout containers, and people still donated whether they ate or not.
"We ended up going through all of our fish....it was overwhelming," says West who calls it, "A good day."
West says they're planning to take the cheque to the Stutzmans on Thursday. (March 14th)
Between people stopping by over the course of last week and people attending the fundraiser, West says the exact total raised is $20,368.
West's kids go to the same school as the Stutzmans, and she hopes the money will help the family through their frequent trips to London and back for chemotherapy and radiation.
She says Kettles isn't the only business in the community to have held a fundraiser for the Stutzmans recently; Moore's Meats, the Williamsford Pie Company and
Velocity Sports Performance & Fitness have also held fundraisers.