NEW GLASGOW – Drivers parking in the downtown area during December didn’t have to put change in the parking meters.
But to help keep needy families warm during the winter, they did.
The charitable initiative launched by the Town of New Glasgow in 2010 returned this winter, raising $1,201.73 for the Pictou County Fuel Fund.
Dr. Ray Wagg, chair of the Pictou County Fuel Fund, was thrilled at the total.
“We were grateful to have a lot of publicity from the start of the fundraiser until the very end.”
The Fuel Fund provides emergency oil or wood to residents in Pictou County who are low or out of fuel to heat their homes.
“The fund helps to take care of the people who need the fuel the most and are not in a financial position to get it easily.”
Wagg calls their most important time the heating season, between November and March. Last year the fund was able to provide fuel to 200 homes.
The town posted signs on the parking meters so voluntary donations could be made to the fund.
In 2010, parking meter donations were given to the Pictou County Food Bank.
A news release from the Town of New Glasgow noted their pleasure in helping facilitate the donations to the fund and thanked the people of Pictou County for their generosity.
The Pictou County Fuel Fund accepts donations through their website and locally at 74 Stellarton Rd.