Loss of co-ops hurts char­i­ties

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

I would like to ex­press my sin­cer­est grat­i­tude to Reg Shields and the staff at the Queen Street Coop. It is in­deed very sad to see the store go, and I would like to ac­knowl­edge the store and all the cus­tomers who bought 50/50 tick­ets over the years.

The nu­mer­ous not-for-profit or­ga­ni­za­tions who re­ceived funds raised from the reg­u­lar 50/50 draws ben­e­fit­ted greatly from the gen­er­ous sup­port they re­ceived from the Queen Street Co-op.

Young at Heart Mu­si­cal Theatre for Se­niors was one of them. Each year our or­ga­ni­za­tion, among many oth­ers, works hard to raise enough funds to carry out the work that we do. It is not easy. To find another source of fund­ing now that the Co-op is gone, will be a big task.

The Queen Street Co-op will be missed - not just for the fund­ing they pro­vided, but also for the ded­i­ca­tion to the cus­tomers who re­lied on the help­ful ser­vice that was al­ways given with a smile. Cather­ine O'Brien, Young at Heart Mu­si­cal Theatre for Se­niors, Inc., Char­lot­te­town

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