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Regina shelter touched by gesture of gifts in memory of Stompin' Tom

Reported by Amanda Purcell
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Stompin' Tom Connors' funeral is next week, and in lieu of flowers his family is asking people to make donations to their local homeless shelter or food bank.

Regina's Souls Harbour Rescue Mission has not received any donations in his name yet, but say the gesture itself is heartwarming.

"It brings tears to my eyes," said Rebecca Cochrane, development director for the shelter, "it's such a powerful statement that each person has so much potential if they're given that opportunity to shine and to bring forward the gifts and skills that they've been given."

The singer himself spent more than a decade on the streets growing up.  Connors went on to hitch hike from one end of Canada to the other.

Cochrane explained that if someone wished to make a donation in memory of Stompin' Tom, it will be accepted in person or by phone.  The donation must be marked for the shelter to know the gift is in memory of Connors.  Souls Harbour can then contact the Connors family to notify them.  You can find more information on their website.

Edited by CJME's Courtney Mintenko.