Fundrais­ing be­gins on soup kitchen project

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NEW WATER­FORD — Mak­ing sure no one goes hun­gry is the fo­cus of one com­mu­nity group.

The Big Ridge Ranch So­ci­ety is work­ing to open a soup kitchen.

The so­ci­ety re­ceived a grant from Hu­man Re­sources Skills De­vel­op­ment Canada last year to fund a study which de­ter­mined the need for a soup kitchen and home­less shel­ter in the com­mu­nity.

The group held tag days in New Water­ford at var­i­ous sites ear­lier this month. Other tag days will take place March 27 at the Nova Sco­tia Liquor Com­mis­sion and June 18-19 at Sobeys.

As well a con­cert will be held in the AV room at Bre­ton Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre, March 16. Tick­ets are $12.50. Venues to pur­chase tick­ets will be an­nounced.

A spe­cial March break day for chil­dren will be held 1-4 p.m., March 17, at the BEC gym, for chil­dren ages three and up. Ad­mis­sion will be $10 for chil­dren, free for par­ents and guardians. Klutzy the Clown will be on hand with his bounce house, cos­tume char­ac­ters, ju­nior slide, ju­nior bounc­ers, maze, bungee racing, mega box­ing and sumo wrestling.

The group cur­rently has a room­ing house for home­less peo­ple in the com­mu­nity and is work­ing to set up a re­cov­ery house.

Ac­cord­ing to the group, statis­tics show that it costs $58 a night to keep a per­son in a home­less shel­ter in Hal­i­fax, com­pared to $210 a night in a men­tal health unit and $275 in prison.

If any­one would like more in­for­ma­tion or to as­sist, tele­phone Fred Mil­ley at 862-3366.

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