There’s Hope for the homeless
Hope Dunton may be 90, but she’s determined her kindness will make a difference
Age is no barrier for one local senior who is rallying others to help homeless people this Christmas.
Retiree Hope Dunton and her Sanford Busy Bees craft circle ran a table at the Truro Farmers’ Market, when the Civic Square Christmas tree was lit up on Nov. 16, raising more than $500 for the Truro Homeless Outreach Society.
“It makes me feel good, in that we can still do something for the community,” said Dunton. “We are all so content here and happy with our lodging that we wanted to do something for people who aren’t as lucky and that’s why we chose the Hub House.”
Helping Dunton was her husband John, who shuttled Sanford Busy Bees members to their market table. A handmaid quilt was also donated to THOS, to raffle off.
For Dunton, craftwork and knitting are therapeutic, and keep her in touch with both the Christmas spirit and the local community she is still committed to helping.
It also helps her stay in tune with changing Christmas traditions, a far cry from those of her childhood.
“For us, we live with our memories and because we’re a concentrated group we enjoy other people’s experiences and the life we have here,” said Dunton. “It makes us more and more aware of the change in lifestyles. We can’t imagine keeping up with the lifestyles we have today.”
None the less, Dunton herself still enjoys a fairly independent lifestyle at 90. A resident of Wallace Living’s seniors-friendly complex located east of downtown Truro, she is still able to drive – as well as knit and sew.