UPDATE: Kinsmen go on shopping spree to help needy

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NEW GLASGOW – Lines were busy at the Aberdeen Shopping Centre Sobeys on Thursday morning as customers rushed around the aisles filling carts.

Aberdeen Sobeys store manager Albert Clements helped load carts as Kinsmen purchased food at the store for families in need. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS

Sales may have been good, but the early morning rush had more to do with giving than getting.

The New Glasgow Kinsmen were busy shopping for needy families in Pictou County.

This year the Kinsmen are helping to bring Christmas to more than 40 families in the area, by buying groceries and purchasing gifts for those who might not otherwise be able to afford it.

Kinsmen volunteers loaded grocery carts full of food and packed the goods into a Pictou County Food Bank truck.

They then went to Summer Street Industries to put the food with the gifts for the families.

Nick MacGregor, took part for the first time this year.

He said all the grocery and gift shopping is done anonymously.

“We don’t know who the families are. They come through the Department of Community Services,” he said.

He said it’s a great project for the Kinsmen and Kinettes to be involved in.

“We all just put our names up to shop for a family. We basically split a list of what they need, what they liked to have.”

Paul LaLande has been involved for years and has seen how the giving has increased over the years.

“I remember our first year we had eight families,” he said. “Now we’re up to 42. It’s fabulous project – one of my favourites.”

Aberdeen Sobeys store manager Albert Clements was busy loading carts throughout the morning. He is also a Kinsmen and so was wearing both hats Thursday morning.

He said it was a fun morning and something he and the other Sobeys employees enjoy taking part in.

The store does a lot of fundraisers themselves but it’s nice to work with another group in the community, he said.

Organizations: Pictou County Food Bank, Street Industries, Community Services Sobeys

Geographic location: Pictou County

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