Lend­ing a help­ing hand

Salvation Army in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay col­lect­ing va­ri­ety of items to send to Nain

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Editorial - BY DANETTE DOOLEY SPE­CIAL TO THE LABRADORIAN danette@nl.rogers.com

A story pub­lished in The Labradorian re­cently has the Salvation Army reach­ing out to peo­ple to do­nate bi­cy­cle parts or used bikes that will even­tu­ally make their way to Nain.

Af­ter Cap­tain Brent Haas read the story about Si­mon Kohlmeis­ter’s ef­forts to re­pair bikes for chil­dren in his com­mu­nity, the church added bike parts and used bikes to the list of items the Salvation Army is col­lect­ing for the peo­ple of Nain.

Other items that will be packed into a sea con­tainer for the com­mu­nity in­clude cloth­ing, fur­ni­ture and var­i­ous house­hold sup­plies.

Haas said Patti Penny, a mem­ber of the church’s con­gre­ga­tion who has roots in Nain, se­cured the con­tainer that is be­ing used to ship the items.

“Our church ar­ranged the ship­ping of the con­tainer, and many oth­ers like Shawn Crann helped make an ap­peal for needed items,” Penny said.

Crann, a coun­cil­lor in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, at­tends the Salvation Army. When he heard about the sup­plies needed for Nain, he wanted to do his part to help.

Af­ter post­ing about the project on Face­book, Crann said sup­plies quickly came in.

By Aug. 8 he had col­lected a truck­load of items for the project.

Crann has al­ready shipped bed­clothes, dishes and pots and pans to the com­mu­nity.

“It’s not all smooth sail­ing in Nain... and it’s nice to be able to help,” Crann said.

Kohlmeis­ter’s daugh­ter Si­mone said more bikes are now avail­able and ready for pick-up at her fa­ther’s home. How­ever, she added, it seems like all chil­dren in Nain now have bikes.

Haas said if the need for bikes is met in Nain, what has been col­lected will be used to get bikes to chil­dren in other com­mu­ni­ties along the north coast.

The project is an­other way the church is con­nect­ing to and spread­ing love through­out the Big Land, he said.

“We will be con­tin­u­ously look­ing for ways to bring the church to the streets and into the com­mu­nity where the peo­ple and needs are,” Haas said.

Any­one with items to do­nate to the project can bring them to the Salvation Army, con­tact the church at 1-709-896-2756 or give Shawn Crann a call at 1-709-896-1485.

CON­TRIB­UTED

Shawn Crann, a coun­cil­lor in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay, heard about the sup­plies needed for Nain and wanted to do his part to help.

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