Wel­come to Kin Cor­ner

Serv­ing the com­mu­nity’s great­est needs

The Southern Gazette - - Front Page - BY PATSY INKPEN MARYSTOWN, N.L.

In Novem­ber mem­bers of the Marystown Kinette Club par­tic­i­pated in a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence by help­ing out our fel­low Kin in St. John’s.

We helped pre­pare and serve a Satur­day brunch for ap­prox­i­mately 170 peo­ple at the Gath­er­ing Place, a ser­vice cen­tre com­mit­ted to build­ing com­mu­nity, pro­mot­ing equal­ity and pro­vid­ing nour­ish­ment.

The pro­grams and ser­vices of the Gath­er­ing Place are of­fered pri­mar­ily to peo­ple who are home­less or live in less than de­sir­able hous­ing con­di­tions, peo­ple who are of­ten un­em­ployed and to peo­ple who do not have ad­e­quate so­cial sup­ports at this time in their lives. Guests are male and fe­male, younger and older, street peo­ple, and peo­ple fall­ing through the cracks. The guests of the Gath­er­ing Place come from all over New­found­land and Labrador.

Our fundrais­ing for the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion (as the Burin Penin­sula sub-chap­ter) is con­tin­u­ing, and we were pleased to present a $6,005 do­na­tion to Dave Walsh at the Chil­dren’s Wish NL of­fice.

Since mak­ing this pre­sen­ta­tion, we also re­ceived a $1,000 do­na­tion from Alice Whit­ten in mem­ory of her mother Veron­ica Dimmer. A big thank you to Whit­ten and her con­trib­u­tors.

We held our sec­ond Coats for Fam­i­lies col­lec­tion on Dec. 1. The goal of this project is to pro­vide win­ter coats for fam­i­lies in need (in­fants to adult) at no cost to the re­cip­i­ents. We would like to thank all those who made this project a suc­cess again this year, with 240 coats col­lected, as well as do­na­tions of mittens, hats and scarves.

Spe­cial ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the fol­low­ing for their help: Relic Rid­ers for drop­ping by with their con­tri­bu­tion of coats, the Town of Marystown for use of the build­ing on Satur­day, the Marystown Fire Depart­ment, Canada Post Marystown, Soanya and Ron­nie from the Small­wood Cres­cent Com­mu­nity Cen­ter and the Sal­va­tion Army who will en­sure the coats go to those in need free of charge. And of course the pub­lic for the gen­eros­ity and sup­port of the project.

On be­half of our club we would like to ex­tend a very Merry Christ­mas and a healthy and pros­per­ous New Year to all, and thank you for sup­port­ing our fund rais­ing ef­forts.

If you are look­ing for a way to make a dif­fer­ence in your com­mu­nity, email pat_ink@ hot­mail.com or leave a mes­sage in our Face­book group: Marystown Kinette Club. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the KIN or­ga­ni­za­tion visit www.kin­canada.ca.


Marystown Kinettes vol­un­teer­ing at the Gath­er­ing Place.

Kinettes Patsy Inkpen, Trudy Fian­der and pres­i­dent Denise Nolan mak­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion of $6,005 to Dave Walsh of the Chil­dren’s Wish Foun­da­tion New­found­land and Labrador.

Marystown Kinettes help­ing out with the poppy cam­paign.

Kinette mem­bers with Sonya Ab­bott and Veron­ica Barnes of the Small­wood Cres­cent Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, re­ceiv­ing coats from the Coats for Fam­i­lies col­lec­tion.

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