Good News: Acts of Generosity and Ways to Give this Holiday Season
Chrysalis House Capital Campaign
Chrysalis House provides shelter and outreach services in a safe and non-judgmental environment, to women and children in our collective communities. They have recently launched a capital campaign to support ‘Project Renew,’ their initiative to build a new Chrysalis House in the Annapolis Valley. They have already secured some funding through government initiatives, and have purchased land and drafted building plans. They are now seeking the support of community funders and private donors to help finance the remaining
cost of the new shelter.
For more information on the Project Renew initiative, or to make a donation, visit chrysalishouseassociation.org
Wolfville Library’s Model Train is Back Thanks to Community Donations
The Wolfville Memorial library would like to thank everyone who contributed to their model train fund, making the recent purchase of a brand new green and yellow engine possible. The excitement among patrons young and old at the return of the ‘N’ -scale model train making its journey from the station, around the town, through the tunnel, and back again, has continued unabated since its arrival in November.
Fill a Box of Cheer: A Huge Success!
Laura Churchill Duke
For the third year in a row, the Fill a Box of Cheer was a huge success! We’ve managed to help hundreds of people this Christmas across Kings County.
A huge thank you to everyone who gave so generously. To all the dentists, offices and schools who did collection drives, and the individuals who gave to help others. This year, Bargain Harley’s in Berwick donated three large boxes of scarves, hats, and mittens to use in the boxes. It’s truly a community effort!
Standing back and looking at the mountain of donations that came in made us so proud of our community!
A huge thank you to the community for supporting this project and helping so many people locally this Christmas!
EMS Tree of Hope
This holiday season, Evangeline Middle School’s leadership team are contributing to the community through the Tree of Hope. The Tree of Hope is a fundraising initiative which encourages people from EMS and the larger community to place one new item under the tree, or make a financial contribution in the form a gift card. This is EMS’s way of giving back and supporting the community. The leadership team have started this initiative “because we want to ensure ALL families are warm, fed, and happy during the 2018 holiday season.” says grade 7 student and team member Thomas Murimboh. Others can help by donating gift cards and new items, which will be given to those in need. Suggestions for gifts include toys, books, skates, movies, games, sport related equipment, art supplies, bath baskets, movie ticket vouchers, and toiletries.
Light for Learning
Light 4 Learning is displaying and selling original paintings by local artist Doretta Groenendyk at Hardware Gallery until Christmas.
The organization raises money for community development projects in rural Uganda. Over the last 12 years, Light 4 Learning has provided solar to 23 rural schools, 1 high school of the Greater Grace Orphanage and 1 church, 10 sewing machines, and 50 rocket stoves. Currently they are supporting five families with disabilities and discussing a micro business project.
Each year, Doretta designs a new image for Light 4 Learning Christmas cards as part of their fundraising efforts. This year the eleven 8″ x 10″ framed original paintings and a letter from Doretta are available for purchase at Hardware Gallery, located at 36 Cornwallis Street in downtown Kentville. Owning local art and supporting a wonderful cause – what could be better?!
Photo: The new engine pulling out of the station at the Wolfville Memorial Library