Youngster helping Haiti with collection of stories

Amy Woolvett
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Youngster helping Haiti with collection of stories

By Amy Woolvett


Ten-year old Benjamin Holmes sat in his home watching the only channel his television picked up, CBC. It wasn’t a usual station for a kid to watch but when the station began playing the devastating scenes of destruction that were happening in Haiti, it struck a chord in Holmes. “I thought it was really sad,” he said. “There were a lot of sad stories of people digging now for weeks…so I thought of a way to help Haiti.”

Within a few days Holmes had come up with a plan to help raise money to give to the Haitian Relief Fund.

Holmes loved being spooked and enjoyed the ghost stories he heard from different family members growing up and decided to write his own book of Shelburne ghost stories and donate the proceeds to the people of Haiti and aptly named the book of stories Shelburne Ghosts. “This is my first time publishing my stories,” he said. “It is mostly my families oral history of ghost stories.”

The book includes five chilling tales taken place in Shelburne County including Gone and Back Again, the ghost story of a fisherman from Sandy Point, Through the Window and the ghost of Captain Al, the Midnight Rower at a Gegogan camp, the ghost of nine mile in the Black Rider and a dotting ghost story in A Familiar Scent. “Some are pretty spooky,” said Holmes. “But I’m not too freaked out by them anymore because of listening to them so many times.”

Each story sends a delicious spark of fear down the spine and readers can’t help but be provoked to recall their own Shelburne area ghostly tale. “It’s a pretty old town with lots of historical buildings,” explained Holmes on the many ghost stories seeming to circulate the town.

Already Holmes has 38 advanced orders for a copy of his book that is selling for $3 each with all the proceeds going to the Haitian Relief Fund. “I’ve gotten orders from lots of people around town and even some from Ottawa, Ontario and Germany,” he said. “We’re just trying to keep up with the photocopying,” laughed his grandmother Kathy Holmes.

Anyone interested in helping Haiti by purchasing the book for $3 can contact 902-875-3170.

Organizations: Haitian Relief Fund, COAST GUARD, CBC

Geographic location: Haiti, Shelburne County, Sandy Point Ottawa Ontario Germany

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