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.

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