Bay Roberts Girl Guides in giving mood
Donations to Carbonear’s O’Shaughnessy House timely
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.
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.
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.