Homeless shelter aided by 100 Kids Who Care

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The president of the board for Viola’s Place Society said a donation from 100 Kids Who Care helps bring them closer to opening the doors of a homeless shelter in Pictou County.

On Friday, Karen MacPhee, along with vice-president Brian Bowden, accepted $350 from the youth fundraising group’s recent first meeting.

“For a small person to realize the need, that says that we’re doing our job reaching out. We’re being heard,” MacPhee said about the donation. “It probably warmed my heart the most from this event because it’s young children.”

MacPhee hopes it inspires other people to donate as the board works towards raising $65,000 to purchase the former Life Centre Church in New Glasgow. They have already put a down payment on the building.

“I think people think it has to be a big gift, but all the gifts together make a huge gift,” she said.

The other groups nominated — Pictou County Fuel Fund and the QEII hospital’s burn unit — also received $50 from the meeting. Six-year-old Callie Mullins said she nominated the burn unit because her aunt is there. The money was matched by her uncle and went towards cupcakes and other treats for the nurses.

Callie’s mother, Michelle Mullins, said her two kids involved think 100 Kids Who Care is amazing.

“They like to do things where they’re giving back, so they both were pretty eager to jump on board.”

Co-organizer Courtney Comeau said it’s important to teach kids about donating their time and money to their community.

She said the organizers plan to have the next 100 Kids Who Care meeting in February. They hope to partner with a bank next time, so those who can’t attend can still donate.

100 Kids Who Care recently presented $350 to Viola’s Place Society. Pictured in front are Lauren Campbell, Will Cullen and Callie Mullins of 100 Kids Who Care. In back are Karen MacPhee, president of the board for Viola’s Place Society, and Brian Bowden, vice-president. (Jess photo)

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