BRISTOL - Handmade candles that support blind individuals and charities in the community can be found at various stores throughout the area.
One of John Mendonca’s favorite hobbies has always been making candles, and this didn’t change three years ago when he became legally blind due to a nerve disease. He just did it for more reasons.
Mendonca explained that about nine months ago he got the idea to start a business and use his hobby to sell the handmade candles, donating 50 percent of the proceeds to the blind and various local charities.
At that point, Mendonca created Candles For A Cause USA, which sells 11 different scented candles made of 100 percent natural soy wax. They are handmade by Mendonca, who is the only person who works for the company.
Mendonca noted that he sells his candles online, or at different shops, events or festivals held in the area. He added that since the company started, a few hundred dollars has been donated.
Recently, he participated in the Caring for Kids fundraiser at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, and last December he raised $180 for The Toys for Tots Foundation.
Candles currently can be purchased at Big Cat’s Smoke Shop and Choices Gift Shoppe in Bristol or The Cauldron’s Flame in Plainville. They can also be found online at candlesforacause.org.
The candles have been displayed and sold at various events in Bristol, such as the Pequabuck River Duck Race, and will be displayed at the mum, apple and strawberry festivals coming up this year, according to Mendonca.
He recommends that any locals interested in the candles swing by one of the stores that stock them and for anyone outside the area to visit the website.
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