In the Press: Scotia Pool Donation

Pictured, from left to right, are Kinsmen President Peter Taylor, Ewan MacKinnon, Cara MacKinnon, and Garrett Smith, a lifeguard at Scotia Pool. (Jeff Gill – Hub Now)

The Kinsmen Club of Bible Hill recently donated around $2,300 to Scotia Pool for the purchase of 44 life jackets of various sizes. Thanks to Jeff Gill at Hub Now for the photo and coverage.

In the Press: KINdness Meters

It’s been a year since the kindness meters were first installed, and they’ve raised about $2,000 for local charities. (Jeff Gill/Hub Now)

Feeding the meter has become a much more enjoyable task in one Nova Scotia town now that three special parking meters are collecting spare change for charity.

The so-called kindness meters in downtown Truro have collected more than $2,000 for local charitable organizations since they were installed a year ago by members of the Bible Hill Kinsmen.

Kindness meter in Truro

The Bible Hill Kinsmen split the donations between three local charities and they change the recipients every six months or so. (Quinn McCarthy)

Giving old meters new life

There is no paid parking in downtown Truro, so the bright red meters — which are located in prominent walking areas — stand out.

The Kinsmen were able to get the used meters from town officials and repurpose them.

“They actually had some old parking meters still kicking around,” said organizer Quinn McCarthy.

Different approach in N.B.

McCarthy said he first heard about kindness meters in Fredericton, where they were put in place by the local business association to discourage panhandling in the downtown area.

In this case, McCarthy said, the Kinsmen decided to split the money between three local charities — changing those charities every six months or so.

Kindness Meter

Quinn McCarthy first heard about kindness meters in Fredericton, where they were installed to discourage panhandling. (CBC)

Success story

Truro’s kindness meters are currently collecting donations for the Colchester Christmas Index Program, The Salvation Army’s Community Café, and the local chapter of ElderDog Canada.

The first year of fundraising has gone well, McCarthy said. The last group of three charities to benefit from the project received a little more than $200 each.

With files from the CBC’s Information Morning

(Full story also available on CBC’s website)

In the Press: Community rallies following theft at Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester

Peter Taylor, President of the Bible Hill Kinsmen, Amanda McNea, Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester, and Keith Gillis, owner of G&G Computers (James Faulkner)

The community has been quick to rally around the Boys and Girls Club of Truro and Colchester.

A thief hit the group’s building on Victoria Street in downtown Truro.

Staff arrived Tuesday to find the door unlatched and a number of items missing from the computer room.

The stolen items include a television, gaming systems, and games.

On Wednesday, the Bible Hill Kinsmen and Keith Gillis, owner of G&G Computers, arrived to help replace the missing items.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to contact Truro Police.

(Full story also available from Big Dog 100.9/Cat Country 99.5)