Brand-new furniture for Herb Bassett Home

Donny Parenteau plays his fiddle at the Herb Bassett home Tuesday. Arthur White-Crummey/Daily Herald

Residents of the Herb Bassett Home celebrated the purchase of about 50 chairs and 20 tables on Tuesday.

They were treated to the music of Donny Parenteau, who helped raise money for the furniture during his “fiddle frenzy” event last year. Redhead Equipment also pitched in, donating the profits made off 140 acres of canola.

All in all, the two drives raised more than $56,000 for the long-term care home.

Residents had long been complaining about the poor quality of furniture during their resident council meetings, said Herb Bassett Home staff member Jen McDougall.

“What came up all the time is that they were eating on rubber made tables, and all of our furnishings were from 1986,” she said. “The most important thing is food, enjoying meals with friends and families.”

But brand new tables and chairs for a 144-bed care home don’t come cheap.

For more on this story, see the April 5 print or e-edition of the Daily Herald.