A patchwork of kindness

John Brannen
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Executive Director of Pictou County Roots for Youth Society Scott Smith receives a quilt from Shelia Munro. The quilt will be used to raise funds for Roots for Youth to allow them to continue offering services to youth in the area.

NEW GLASGOW – Nothing enhances the warm and fuzzy feeling of giving quite like a quilt.

At least, that’s how Pictou County Roots for Youth Society felt on Wednesday when Sheila Munro presented them with a finely made quilt.

Munro, an avid quilter, entered a contest put on by Clothworks, a quilting material company located in Seattle, to win a quilt. “The stipulation for winning was donating the quilt to a charity of my choice,” says Munro.

When she found out that she was a winner of not one, but two quilts, her initial joy gave way to concern. “Since it was an American company,” she says, “I was unsure they’d only allow donations to American charities.” They assured her however she could give them to Canadian charities.

When it came to Roots for Youth, giving the society a quilt was a no-brainer. “It’s for the youth,” says Munro. “I strongly believe in their cause.”

Scott Smith, Executive Director of Pictou County Roots for Youth Society, was ecstatic. “It was an incredibly kind and thoughtful gesture,” says Smith.

Roots for Youth has seen a steady use of their facilities over the holidays. Many youth come seeking a place to stay while others are looking for a meal.

The society, which works to support youth in a safe and caring environment, will use the quilt as a big-ticket item in their annual Heart and Home fundraiser in March.

Organizations: Youth Society

Geographic location: NEW GLASGOW, Seattle

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