“Bear Day for the Homeless” raises $1,625 for Sojourner House

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX  —  “Bear Day for the Homeless” on December 17 raised $1,625 for Sojourner House, a homeless shelter in Eau Claire.

The event was sponsored by Gerald (Bear) Eder of Colfax, Eder Rock Products, S&H Custom Farming, and Stacy Newman, RE/MAX Advantage.

The weather was not the best that day, “but it wasn’t so bad, either, with a big bonfire going,” Eder said.

The event was intended to be a winter fun-filled day for friends and family and included a chicken dinner, a bake sale, a raffle for a BB gun, a BB gun tournament and a bean bag tournament.

Sojourner House is welcome to use the money in any way to help the homeless, Eder said.

Representatives for Sojourner House indicated to Eder that the money would come in handy for building bunk beds for those who need to use the shelter and for other projects as well.

Eder said he was deeply appreciative of all the friends and neighbors who supported Bear Day.

The people at Sojourner House were grateful to receive money “with no strings attached” because it gives them more flexibility to help those in need, he said.

Eder stopped at the Colfax Messenger office to report on the success of Bear Day for the Homeless on his way to Eau Claire to deliver the check to Sojourner House.