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Craig House is the face of Craig's Ride for a Cure. Here, he's sitting at the table where he got the call for his liver transplant. He found it fitting to announce the toy drive he is running with his organization from that very same spot.
Craig House is the face of Craig's Ride for a Cure. Here, he's sitting at the table where he got the call for his liver transplant. He found it fitting to announce the toy drive he is running with his organization from that very same spot.

A Hawke's Bay couple who received help from their community in their time of need, are now planning to give back.

Lisa and Craig House of Hawke's Bay are having a toy drive for Christmas for the Tri Town area - Port au Choix, Port Saunders, Hawke's Bay.

The couple started a foundation called Craig's Ride for a Cure, which collects donations for health facilities on the Northern Peninsula and raise awareness of liver disease.

Craig was the recipient of a liver transplant earlier this year. He was near death when he got the call that a liver had become available.

It was because of the support of the local community and others for Craig's Ride and his successful operation that they decided now it was time to give back.

"We figured that after all the people who have come out and joined Craig's ride for a cure, they were giving all the time," Lisa explained. "This is a way of giving back in a way, but a more special way."

The couple hopes to use the hamper distribution to help determine what households have children, so the toys can get handed out to homes that need them.

"They'll go around Christmas time with hampers with food for families," Craig explained. "A lot of the time these families have kids. And there's just food, there's nothing there for kids.

"We decided we'd get together, collect a bunch of toys, wrap them, mark on them boy or girl, and when they go with the Christmas hampers, they would bring gifts for the kids"

Plenty of meaning

The couple announced their toy drive to the Northern Pen last week from a very special place.

The Torrent River Inn has been a huge supporter of Craig's Ride, donating space for events and activities. It was also the place where Craig and List were the day they got the call for Craig to get his new liver.

They had all but given up hope the night before. Craig believed it would be his last trip home, and had prepared to say all his goodbyes during his 48-hour pass from the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital.

After an overnight trip to the hospital, Craig was feeling up to spending the night at the Torrent River Inn. He and Lisa went back for what they thought would be their last visit.

The next morning the couple was in the dining room, waiting for their breakfast order, when their phone rang.

It was the transplant coordinator, and they had a liver.

Lisa ran to the kitchen and told them to stop making their order. She was so shocked by the news that she then ran to her vehicle, leaving Craig behind.

They both laugh telling the story.

The staff got Craig ready and helped him to the front door for Lisa to pick him up. But she was already gone.

Moments later she realized that she had forgotten him, and quickly turned back. The call caught them both off guard; it was just reaction for her to move quickly.

Giving to toy drive

Lisa and Craig are parents and grandparents. They have a love for kids and saw a need for helping.

"People are usually going out Christmas time and giving out little things for seniors," said Lisa. "We haven't actually seen anything in the last few years for kids. That kind of struck home for us. We know (organizations) go to the hospital and give to the kids that are sick. But is there anyone going out and checking on the local families?"

They both believe it's important for children to feel included at Christmas time, especially.

"We want Santa to come to all kids," said Lisa, adding, the gift doesn't have to be big, " . . . just to put a smile on their face."

Last year, some 70 hampers were given out to local individuals and families.

"Some people might have to choose between paying their rent or light bill, or having something under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning," said Lisa.

Those who want to donate to the toy drive, either with new or gently used toys or any other donation, can contact Lisa at 709-861-8296 or Craig at 709-861-8988.

Donations can also be dropped off in Port Saunders to Korina House, in Hawke's Bay at Lisa and Craig's place or with Beverley Tucker in Port au Choix.

For those who want to contribute to Craig's Ride for a Cure, there are also raffle tickets available on a 2017 Can-Am Outlander Max all-terrain vehicle from Craig or Lisa.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

Lisa and Craig House of Hawke's Bay are having a toy drive for Christmas for the Tri Town area - Port au Choix, Port Saunders, Hawke's Bay.

The couple started a foundation called Craig's Ride for a Cure, which collects donations for health facilities on the Northern Peninsula and raise awareness of liver disease.

Craig was the recipient of a liver transplant earlier this year. He was near death when he got the call that a liver had become available.

It was because of the support of the local community and others for Craig's Ride and his successful operation that they decided now it was time to give back.

"We figured that after all the people who have come out and joined Craig's ride for a cure, they were giving all the time," Lisa explained. "This is a way of giving back in a way, but a more special way."

The couple hopes to use the hamper distribution to help determine what households have children, so the toys can get handed out to homes that need them.

"They'll go around Christmas time with hampers with food for families," Craig explained. "A lot of the time these families have kids. And there's just food, there's nothing there for kids.

"We decided we'd get together, collect a bunch of toys, wrap them, mark on them boy or girl, and when they go with the Christmas hampers, they would bring gifts for the kids"

Plenty of meaning

The couple announced their toy drive to the Northern Pen last week from a very special place.

The Torrent River Inn has been a huge supporter of Craig's Ride, donating space for events and activities. It was also the place where Craig and List were the day they got the call for Craig to get his new liver.

They had all but given up hope the night before. Craig believed it would be his last trip home, and had prepared to say all his goodbyes during his 48-hour pass from the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital.

After an overnight trip to the hospital, Craig was feeling up to spending the night at the Torrent River Inn. He and Lisa went back for what they thought would be their last visit.

The next morning the couple was in the dining room, waiting for their breakfast order, when their phone rang.

It was the transplant coordinator, and they had a liver.

Lisa ran to the kitchen and told them to stop making their order. She was so shocked by the news that she then ran to her vehicle, leaving Craig behind.

They both laugh telling the story.

The staff got Craig ready and helped him to the front door for Lisa to pick him up. But she was already gone.

Moments later she realized that she had forgotten him, and quickly turned back. The call caught them both off guard; it was just reaction for her to move quickly.

Giving to toy drive

Lisa and Craig are parents and grandparents. They have a love for kids and saw a need for helping.

"People are usually going out Christmas time and giving out little things for seniors," said Lisa. "We haven't actually seen anything in the last few years for kids. That kind of struck home for us. We know (organizations) go to the hospital and give to the kids that are sick. But is there anyone going out and checking on the local families?"

They both believe it's important for children to feel included at Christmas time, especially.

"We want Santa to come to all kids," said Lisa, adding, the gift doesn't have to be big, " . . . just to put a smile on their face."

Last year, some 70 hampers were given out to local individuals and families.

"Some people might have to choose between paying their rent or light bill, or having something under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning," said Lisa.

Those who want to donate to the toy drive, either with new or gently used toys or any other donation, can contact Lisa at 709-861-8296 or Craig at 709-861-8988.

Donations can also be dropped off in Port Saunders to Korina House, in Hawke's Bay at Lisa and Craig's place or with Beverley Tucker in Port au Choix.

For those who want to contribute to Craig's Ride for a Cure, there are also raffle tickets available on a 2017 Can-Am Outlander Max all-terrain vehicle from Craig or Lisa.

Melissa.jenkins@tc.tc

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