Fundraising reaches about $6,500 for family of Duncan's Caleb Kroffat

Kroffat family members Jason (left), Ethan, and Renee, mourn Friday
Kroffat family members Jason (left), Ethan, and Renee, mourn Friday's death of Celeb, 11, outside the Cowichan Arena during a Capitals' game. The cause of Caleb's death is under investigation. His minor-hockey jersey, #10, is to be displayed in the arena.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

The Kroffat family feels blessed about valley generosity following the recent sudden death of Caleb Kroffat, 11, outside the Cowichan Arena.

Mom Renee said about $6,500 had been raised so far from local efforts to help pay Caleb's funeral costs, and other expenses.

"Support from the community has been just overwhelming," she said Thursday as fundraising continued into next month.

Sources include about $4,300 from a silent auction of NHL hockey jersey, arranged by Bonnie Dillabough, as Caleb was a local peewee defenceman; about $1,200 from Island Return-it bottle depot, whose customers can contribute to an account for Caleb, adding to proceeds from Island Return-It's recent bottle drive, assisted by Cowichan Capitals; about $1,200 from a burger-and-pop event staged by Tina Baker; some money coming from Moo's Pizza; and an unknown amount in an RBC's Kroffat Family Fund account, running until Dec. 13.

Despite community kindness, it's been a rough road for Renee, husband Jason, and son Ethan. They're awaiting word from the B.C. coroner about exactly why Caleb died Nov. 9 after resuscitation efforts failed.

"We're just going day by day," Renee said.

She and Jason have taken time off work, and are attending grief counseling.



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