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Truro News - 2021-11-25

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‘Small town with a big heart’

Giving

TRURO — Whether it’s a club made up of senior ladies or a group of 4-H youngsters, the spirit of giving shines during the holiday season. The Cobequid Garden Club, women ranging in age from 60 to their mid-80s, and a local 4-H troop (Clifton) headed by Angela Masters, are both contributing this year to the Operation Christmas Stocking campaign to benefit the Soul Harbour Rescue Mission in Truro. “Each person who comes for their hot Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve will leave with a full stocking, a smile and a warm heart,” said Faye Beaton, an outreach support volunteer for the mission, which organizes the campaign. “Truro is definitely a small town with a big heart.” The Cobequid Garden Club includes 17 members who live in the Bass River to Five Islands area. Club member Micheline Beaton is married to a first cousin of Faye’s. She said Faye approached her about doing stockings a few years ago, and she was happy to get her club involved. Micheline said the women enjoyed putting together 18 stockings this year, which she and her husband delivered to the mission last week, along with a few bags of additional items. “It’s just that time of the year,” Micheline said. “My husband and I have always been involved in the community and this is just another part we can do for someone else. “So, for me, that is what I get out of it, helping others. Not that we’re rich or anything, but we have enough that we can share, so why not?” Masters said she had been involved in the Samaritan’s Purse shoeboxes campaign, which is similar in that donations include necessary items such as toiletry products and socks, along with some fun items. Everything is packed into shoeboxes which are shipped internationally for those in need. “When I heard about the stocking campaign organized here, I liked that it was going to benefit people locally,” she said. Masters brought it up with the youth in her 4-H club and said they all agreed it was a great campaign to get involved with. “This year, since our 4-H Club just started up again after being shut down because of COVID, I thought it would be something good to get our whole group involved in,” she said. Masters said people might not realize the emphasis 4-H puts on community involvement. “I think, sometimes when people think of 4-H, it’s just the animals and exhibitions but, really, it’s a year-round program, and community service is a big thing we try and teach the kids,” Masters said. “There are a lot of things they do throughout the year for their communities.” OPEN TO ALL Operation Christmas Stocking is available to anyone to participate. Items to include in a stocking must be new or unused and cannot be anything that could be considered harmful. The stocking stuffers can be wrapped or unwrapped although organizers encourage participants to wrap items placed near the top, so the recipients have something to open. To indicate whether it’s for a man or a woman, donors should include a green ribbon on the hanging loop for men and red for women. Stockings without ribbons will be considered gender neutral. Stockings can be taken to the Souls Harbour Rescue Mission on King Street before mid-december between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Monday to Friday. Stockings can be obtained from Faye by calling 902-8906790.

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