To the editor,
Over the past month, members of two volunteer organizations in Pictou County have had the opportunity to experience this feeling firsthand. Pictou County Crime Prevention and Pictou County Crime Stoppers have undertaken a major fundraiser to help with the programs we offer through our organizations. Both organizations operate under the same mandate which is to create, develop and maintain safer communities.
Crime Prevention offers a wide variety of programs to seniors which include Vial of Life, Elder Abuse, Cons and Frauds, Home Security, Safe Driving Programs, Computer Use and Safe Practices. Seniors can call Jan at the office phone 755-2886 and she will answer your questions or direct you to the proper agency or personnel to handle your concerns.
Crime Stoppers work closely with police agencies to help solve cases. We ask the public to phone tips to our organization if you see or hear of illegal activities going on in your community. We guarantee total anonymity in our program as you are given a tipster number when you call in your tip and that is the only way you will be ever be known. You must make all the contacts using only that number as your identification because we have no personal information about you. Our premise is that crime does not happen in a vacuum and there are often other people who know about these criminal activities. We would hope that these conscientious citizens would be willing to make an anonymous call to keep their community safer. The process is simple. Call 1-800 -222-TIPS (8477). Your tip could be the missing piece of the puzzle the police are trying to solve.
During the past month, we have visited as many businesses, stores, professionals, trades people, car dealerships, newspapers, artists and individuals to ask for donations for our Spring Basket. The response has been overwhelming! Our reception has been so warm and welcoming and everyone has given us the opportunity to explain how our volunteer organizations in our district (one of 12 in the province) carry out our programs. Such programs are active in every province in Canada and in 150 countries. Our thanks go out to these wonderful people who have supported us so generously. You will never know how valuable that support is as our expenses have increased with less support from the province. Pictou County has always had the reputation of being a very generous and supportive community and the success of our canvassing has reaffirmed that.
The Spring Baskettickets will be on sale in the near future but donations are still being accepted at 755-2886 and will be picked up by simply making a call. Please watch for our volunteers selling tickets in various venues as well as to friends and family.
Thank you Pictou County for your caring and generosity. If you would like to see us in action, we meet the third Monday of every month at the New Glasgow Police Station and welcome new members. You would never regret finding out what we are all about and why we are so passionate about what we do. Our county is truly blessed with a benevolent spirit which always comes through in times of need. Kudos to all of you. Draw will take place April 16 at NG Police Station at noon.
Jan Keefe ‚Äď Pictou County Crime Prevention, Margie MacDonald ‚Äď Pictou County Crime Stoppers