Among those loading up Christmas donations from two Kentville firms on Dec. 20 were Tammie Lutz, left, Angela Clair, Lisa and John Andrew, Kim Ross and Jamie Pothier from Open Arms. - Wendy Elliott, Kingscountynews.ca
Staff at ScotiaMcLeod and Scotia Bank in Kentville opened their arms to help out a local organization over Christmas.
The firms contributed to the Open Arms Resource Centre through a community project they call Inner Pieces. The project set out to provide socks and underwear for men in crisis who seek help from the Inn From the Cold shelter.
“These are items that we often take for granted,” said Kim Ross, “and there is a great need for them among the men who are guests at the shelter.”
Ross said that she was overwhelmed with the response that came from staff at the two businesses.
“We started out with a little hamper,” added Angela Clair of ScotiaMcLeod, and they kept filling it.
In the end, the two firms gathered up 172 pairs of socks, 99 pairs of underwear, 14 sets of long johns and 18 t-shirts. Other items collected included mittens, razors, deodorant, shampoo and hats.
John Andrew, who directs the centre, needed to find a truck to move all the items, including toys for children at the Treasure House soup kitchen.
He called the donation “a very good start on Christmas.”
A Christmas dinner was organized by Open Arms for the first time since taking over the soup kitchen in Kentville.
Open Arms works across Kings County to meet the needs of those who find themselves on the street. It assists with housing, training, employment and social services.
The centre is located at the rear of the Cornwallis Inn, but has outgrown the one-room space. Andrew says he is continually on the look out for a larger facility.
Open Arms also has an offshoot in Berwick.