Some pieces of the destroyed White Point Beach Resort have been salvaged and sold to help raise money for the local fire department that tried to save the building.
The main building of the 83-year-old resort on Nova Scotia's South Shore burned down in November, destroying the dining room, kitchen and some guest rooms.
As the debris from the fire was being cleared away, dozens of beach stones from the main fireplace in the lodge were saved and stored in a garage.
Those beach stones — 83 of them, one for every year the lodge stood — have been sold to raise money for the Liverpool volunteer fire department.
Donna Hatt, the marketing and product development manager at White Point Beach Resort, came up with the idea and contacted the fire department.
She thought it would be a good way to honour the firefighters who fought desperately to contain the fire from destroying other buildings at the resort.
"To be able to rally around an organization that was here in a heartbeat when we needed them, it can't get any better," she told CBC News on Wednesday.
Hatt handed the stones over to Terrena Parnell, who organized the sale of the stones. Parnell's husband — Steven Parnell — has been the chief at the Liverpool volunteer fire department for seven years.
Although the suggested donation for each stone was $25, Parnell said many people gave more than that.
Within days, all 83 stones were sold to people with a White Point connection and $3,400 was raised.
"One couple the other day I met with, they met at White Point, they got engaged at White Point and are planning in about a year and a half to get married at White Point," Parnell said Wednesday.
The money will be used to buy a piece of equipment called an accountability system for the fire department. The system is a magnetized whiteboard used to keep track of each firefighter's movements and includes rings that are tracked electronically.
"It's aimed at firefighter safety, looking after our own guys, making sure everyone's accounted for and safe and they return home to their families," said Trevor Munroe, the deputy chief at the Liverpool volunteer fire department.
Members of the Liverpool business community were also quick to buy up the stones.
"Being able to stop for a moment and remember the old lodge at White Point and do something that honours the firefighters and puts a little cash in their coffers, which is much needed, it's a really nice thing to be able to do," said Bruce Inglis of Sun Life Financial.
Most of the stones will be handed out during a firemen's breakfast in Liverpool on Jan. 28.