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LETTER: Extending a heartfelt thanks to our volunteers

To the editor,

Last week we celebrated Volunteer Week which hopefully gave many of us lots to think about. Being a good volunteer means among other things being proactive and using your power to reach out to help fill a need.

It means developing a sense of compassion and mercy. Being a good volunteer means being aware of others, extending understanding and believing in a hand up. One group that stands out in this respect is our own Pictou County Kinette Club. These are women, most with families and work commitments who make time to share their skills, their kindness and their joy with our community. Each of them is concerned about building relationships that foster kindness, compassion and care in our very fortunate county.

I am writing on behalf of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Our Lady of Lourdes Conference in New Glasgow to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Kinette Club for the example they offer us and for the many ways they enrich the lives of many Pictou County residents. In February we were the grateful recipients of a very generous donation from the Kinettes. This donation will allow us, a small organization, to provide emergency funding for individuals and families who need help with food, heat and other life necessities in our local area. We are open seven days a week and can be reached through the provincial Help Line by calling 211.

Volunteering reminds me of a line from Sue Monk Kidd’s book, A Secret Life of Bees. The young protagonist of the book mentions those times in life when “someone dabs mercy on your beat-up life.” How better to describe our Kinettes as those who dab mercy. As we reflect on the many needs in our family, our community and our world, let us take seriously the example of our Kinettes and try to do some “dabbing” of our own. The Kinette members are leaders who show us what generosity in action looks like.

Hats off to them and all the volunteers in our community who strive to make our world a little kinder.

Paula Cassidy,

On behalf of St. Vincent de Paul Society

Our Lady of Lourdes Conference

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