Kentville residents step up to help daycamp children with no lunches

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Rachel Bedingfield

Kentville’s new parks and recreation director Rachel Bedingfield told town councillors something they already knew on July 14.

“The people in this town are amazing,” she said.

The town’s day camps this summer have been arranged to include children whose parents can’t afford to pay fees, but Bedingfield was stymied when those children came without food.

“As a mother, I felt heartbreak and, as the director of parks and recreation, I felt responsible,” she said. “Then I panicked. This was not in the budget.”

But telling the story resulted in offers of lunches, transportation and donations.

“I felt inspired and relieved and so proud of this town and I know you already know this, but I had to share it,” she said.

Bedingfield described her learning curve and some recent experiences where residents have started talking and sharing ideas.

She spoke of a free yoga class that has doubled in size and opened her eyes.

“In just two weeks, connections have been made. Support has been offered with tree removal and leaf raking. People are recognizing each other when they go for a walk. Community is forming.”

Mayor Dave Corkum said post-tropical storm Arthur proved that community comes together because both staff and citizens worked to counter act the damage.

Bedingfield recognized the Bike Week contribution made by volunteer Rick Gilbert toward this year’s new event. She also mentioned two men who have volunteered to help organize a family event in Oakdene Park. This project is just getting underway, she explained. The planning includes music, food and face painting.

Geographic location: Kentville, Oakdene Park

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  • Melissa hubley
    July 17, 2014 - 18:22

    This is an issue for a lot is kids in Nova Scotia and I hope that other communities step up to the plate and show people that we are a proviance that care about our kids about our community's about our proviance. This is an issue that needs to be addressed in all community's especially after the storm where alot families lost everything and I hope that other communities step up to take care of their own be it helping the food banks in their area or helping to provide healthily lunches to those kids in summer camp or day camp or just someone in need so please if you have the means to help please do believe me I have been on both sides and to have someone help you out when you are down is the best feeling in the world and if your the giver it feels awesome its a high you won't forget

  • Melissa hubley
    July 17, 2014 - 18:07

    This is an issue throughout nova Scotia especially after the storm there are a lot of families in the same situation. I know a lot of the nova Scotia residents lost everything and it is so inspiring to see people step up to the plate and help those who need it for those kids that might be their only big meal that dayso a BIG round of aapplause to those who want to help those who need it