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Kinsmen setting up kindness meters to help community


NEW GLASGOW – Local Kinsmen are hoping for a little kindness.

Pictured are James MacKay, VP of sales at MacKay Meters; Ryan Marchand, project chairman of the Kinsmen Club of New Glasgow; Jennifer Himmelman, food and beverage manager at the Pictou County Wellness Centre; and John MacMillan, president of the New Glasgow Kinsmen. SUBMITTED

The New Glasgow Kinsmen Club is installing the idea of ‘kindness meters’ in the community with the hopes that people will donate spare change to the organization.

“We’re hoping to live off their success,” Kinsmen member Gordie Marr said about Bible Hill’s Kinsmen, whom they adopted the idea from. “We’re hoping our area residents will allow us to help our area residents in need.”

In existence since 1943, the club aims to serve “the community’s greatest need,” raising funds for programs like Kinsmen summer baseball and Kinsmen power skating as well as helping out families in need during the Christmas season and other projects.

Their other fundraisers include Kinsmen TV Bingo, bingo at Summer Street Industries, chicken barbecue and the RV raffle.

The first meter, courtesy of MacKay Meters, was installed at the Pictou County Wellness Centre last week with four other meters planned.

“It’s very simple,” Marr said. “People will hopefully walk by, take notice of the sign and make a small monetary donation.”

The club is hoping other businesses will come on board with the project. They’re looking for high-traffic locations that will offer a lot of exposure to the community.

The club is also accepting members; if you are interested in becoming a member and are over the age of 19, you can send an email to membership@ng-kinsmen.com for more information.

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