NEW MINAS, NS – Members of the Kentville Police and Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to collect toys, food and other items for Kings County families in the name of Christmas.
Officers have set up Dec. 3, Dec. 10 and will set up again Dec. 17 outside various Kings County businesses to raise funds and collect toys and other items to help families in need enjoy Christmas.
Despite rainy weather Dec. 10, many people brought items and cash donations to Sobeys in New Minas, and Deputy Sheriff William Poirier was amazed at the community’s generosity.
“Last week we got quite an amount, and today it’s been overwhelming to see. We’re really looking forward to next Sunday,” said Poirier.
The officers were previously set up outside Independent Grocer in Kentville, and will set up again Dec. 17 outside Wal-Mart in New Minas to collect more donations.
All funds and items donated will be distributed to specific families Dec. 20.
“It’s just phenomenal to see people donate the way they have been. Christmas is a time everyone should be able to enjoy, and we’ll now be able to help many families do just that,” said Poirier, whose wife Denise and son William joined him at the collection event.
The officers each arranged their respective schedules around the dates and volunteered their time to be there.
Deputy Sheriff Randy Taylor and Constable Angie McWaid were also among those volunteering Dec. 10, and were both very happy to be giving back to the community.
“It’s really nice to be out here supporting people who are less fortunate. It’s not often we get an opportunity we get to go out to the public to give back,” said Taylor.
Poirier says this year’s success has him hoping the initiative will become an annual effort, with other police and sheriff departments stepping up to get involved.
“It’s such a nice feeling, knowing you’re giving back. Next year we hope to go bigger, and get this to be a province-wide effort,” he said.
The officers will once again be set up Dec. 17 from noon to 3 p.m. in front of Wal-Mart in New Minas.