Auction for Wilder helps his mom

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More than $5,400 was raised through the Auction for Baby Wilder, a Facebook page that was launched a few days after the sudden death of three-month-old Wilder Lee in Kahnawake, according to a close friend of the family.

Kahnawa’kehró:non showed support by coming together while mourning the tragic death. The monetary donations went directly to helping Wilder’s mother Lianne and her surviving children with the funeral arrangements, future rent and other expenses.

The initiative was launched by a community member and close friend to the family, Brittany Lahache, soon after the toddler was found lifeless on February 26. In a previous interview with The Eastern Door, Lahache explained that after she received the phone call about what happened, she just held her son of a young age, and knew she had to help.

Within less than a week, the Facebook page had more than 300 members and collected not only donations, but items that were auctioned within the community on March 6. They received gift cards from various places, homemade clothing, toys and other items.

The Eastern Door respected the mother’s request for privacy and spoke with a friend of the family, Timmy Sakawennenhawe Montour, who shared the amount of money that was raised. Montour said that the mother was very appreciative and surprised by the overwhelming support she received. According to Montour, she wished to thank the community for all the heartfelt words in her time of despair, which will assist her in her healing process.

“She’s going to be able to get a better apartment and use every penny to make life easier for the twins,” said Montour. “It’s overwhelming and relieves some of her pain, knowing there’s a start to a new beginning. People are really amazing to come together for one another.”

As a mother who also went through the agony of losing a child, chief Gina Deer of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake knew how crucial it was to find support from family and friends in these dark hours.

“I cannot express the great pain and sadness I feel each time I hear of a loss of a child or young person,” said Deer. “It’s great that the community members gathered to help Lianne with the financial costs. It gives comfort to know people care and want to support her and her family any way they can. My sincere condolences to the family, my heart is with you. “

Virginie Ann, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Door