Grinch makes off with groups charity raffle basket

Staff ~ The Truro Daily News
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TRURO - A heartless thief has targeted some of society's most vulnerable people.
Cindy Carruthers, a volunteer with People First, said a basket of assorted goods being raffled off to raise funds for their group was recently stolen from the Colchester Residential Services Society office on Commercial Street in Truro.
"They not only stole our basket but they stole one of theirs too," said Carruthers.
People First has operated a chapter of the national organization in Truro for the past decade, working to support adults with intellectual disabilities by being their voice on issues that affect them, along with fighting for equality and access to services.
The items in the basket were worth about $150 and had been donated by local businesses. Proceeds from the raffle would have been used to host social gatherings for the group.
Carruthers said offering a chance for people with similar disabilities to network and socialize helps them to form support systems with one another, as well as to learn from their peers in the community.
She said it takes a lot of time, work and effort to organize fundraisers to help People First and this was a devastating blow to their group, bringing some people to tears.
"It's very difficult emotionally," said Carruthers. "They (the thief) don't realize the impact on the people this affects."
The group had been holding monthly meetings at the Colchester Community Workshops but space has become limited and they are now looking for a new location. If anyone knows of a place that is available for monthly meetings contact Heather MacKenzie at

Organizations: Colchester Residential Services Society, Colchester Community Workshops

Geographic location: TRURO, Commercial Street

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  • Peter
    March 01, 2010 - 14:39

    This is a terrible thing to have happen and as soon as some of the members of the Bible Hill Kinsmen Club read this story we realized we had to help these people out. We know very well the time and effort that goes into fund raising and we have advised People First that we are giving them a cheque for $150 so that they can replace the items in the basket. Peter Taylor President Bible Hill Kinsmen Club.