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Shelter House gets $20,000 in new donations

The contributions follow a challenge issued by businessman Titus Semple.
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(L to R) Brent Massaro, Shelter House executive director Michelle Jordan, Titus Semple and Jeff Stout participate in a cheque presentation at Shelter House on Tuesday, Dec. 22 (Cory Nordstrom/TBTV photo)

THUNDER BAY — Two Thunder Bay companies have stepped forward to accept a challenge from another business that recently donated $10,000 to Shelter House,

Thunder Bay Broom & Chemical, and North Star Air, have both decided to match the donation made last week by Semple Enterprises CEO Titus Semple.

Semple issued the challenge on Friday when he delivered a cheque to honour his late ex-wife.

On Tuesday morning, Thunder Bay Broom & Chemical president Brent Massaro, and and North Star Air president Jeff Stout, presented Shelter House executive director Michelle Jordan with their combined cheque for $20,000.

As both Semple's business partner and close friend, Massaro said he understood the importance of supporting the shelter.

"I understand that not everyone can donate $10,000, however every donation has an impact...The work being done by Shelter House is needed now, more than ever."

Stout, who also knows Semple on a business and personal level, said he knows how much the shelter means to the community.

"This last year has been challenging in ways that many of us will never understand, and I am thankful to support Shelter House which supports others," he said.

Semple said he hopes others will now be inspired to contribute as well.

Shelter House representative Kimberley Kennedy said "We are absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity we have received from TItus's challenge."