Bay Roberts Girl Guides in giv­ing mood

Do­na­tions to Car­bon­ear’s O’Shaugh­nessy House timely

The Compass - - PUZZLERS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER

Their do­na­tions sat on the floor ad­ja­cent to the far wall of the St. Evan­ge­list Church Hall in Co­ley’s Point on Dec. 9.

A dozen or so black garbage bags filled with clothes and toys were piled up await­ing pick up from rep­re­sen­ta­tives of O’Shaugh­nessy House in Car­bon­ear and were do­nated by the 1st Bay Roberts Girl Guides.

Amidst food and arts sup­plies — the guides were paint­ing light bulbs — shel­ter worker Gina Bishop could not help but smile at the over­whelm­ing do­na­tion from the group.

“This is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,” she said mo­ments after ac­cept­ing the group’s gen­eros­ity.

For those who do not know, O’Shaugh­nessy House is a shel­ter for women and chil­dren who find them­selves in an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship. It’s a sanc­tu­ary where those af­fected can go to get the help they need.

That could be a help­ing hand in get­ting back on their feet or some­thing as sim­ple as an ear to lis­ten too.

Opened in 2010, the house is a sis­ter to Iris Kirby House in St. John’s.

“This is some­thing we do ev­ery year,” said Girl Guides leader Betty Mercer. “We pick a group and do­nate to it.”

The bags of clothes were not the only things be­ing given to those who need it. The group raised money for the pur­chase of socks and un­der­wear, along with a tele­vi­sion set, high chair and per­sonal hy­giene prod­ucts.

“Those are things we go through all of the time,” said Bishop. What they’re look­ing for Christ­mas is a time when peo­ple are look­ing to give to the less for­tu­nate. They are look­ing to en­hance their hol­i­day spirit by donat­ing clothes, food and other odds and ends to food banks, shel­ters, and other groups.

“It can be new or gen­tly Bishop.

She said O’Shaugh­nessy is al­ways look­ing for any­thing that could help some­one in their time of need.

“The only thing we can’t re­ally take are things we can’t laun­der,” she said.

Sim­ply put, th­ese are things the group can­not clean. That in­cludes items like pillows and stuffed an­i­mals.

They take small to medium sized house­hold items. That is not to say they will not ac­cept large items, but al­ter­nate ar­range­ments would have to be made for pick up.

Com­mu­nity support

used,” said

In four years of op­er­a­tion, O’Shaugh­nessy House has ben­e­fited from an out­pour­ing of tremen­dous com­mu­nity support.

Bishop said it is not strange for the house to re­ceive mul­ti­ple phone calls or vis­its from peo­ple wish­ing to make do­na­tions each day.

“Even though we are a grow­ing re­gion, there is still this small com­mu­nity mind­set and it shows,” said Bishop.

Photo by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

The 1st Bay Roberts Girl Guides made an as­tound­ing do­na­tion to O’Shaugh­nessy House in Car­bon­ear last week. On Dec. 10, the group gave the house some dozen bags of cloth­ing, toys, etc. The guides who made this pos­si­ble are: front (l-r) — Macken­zie Tut­tle, Sarah Mol­loy, Janelle Ja­cobs, Rachel Mor­gan, Abby Sin­gle­ton, Alexis Par­sons and Alexa Mar­shall; mid­dle — Is­abella Pot­tle, Cait­lyn Lush, Chiara Smith, Shawna Dawe, Mary­beth Young, Christina Nu­gent, Aliyah Bartlett, Mag­gie Gosse, Court­ney Mercer, Keziah Tur­ney and Al­lana Roach; back — Rhema Hil­lier, Olivia Mor­gan, Al­lie Hussey, Ash­ley Tucker, Ja­dyn Ja­cobs, Katie Pet­ten, Ab­bie Dale, Sarah Lambe, Jessie Penney, Mandy Saun­ders and Ni­cole Mercer; stand­ing — O’Shaugh­nessy House worker Gina Bishop.

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