‘These are basic needs we take for granted'
TRURO - Local Canada Post staff didn't have to think twice about what they wanted to do with several hundred dollars from a recent auction.
© Monique Chiasson – Truro Daily News
Sean Hoover, Canada Post's local delivery supervisor, recently delivered a $700 money order and about 50 items for women and children to the Third Place Transition House in Truro. The financial donation came from an internal auction of surplus materials due to the business relocating from Prince Street last month to Industrial Avenue.
About 40 staff members also contributed to the cause by donating items such as toiletries, clothes, toys, non-perishable food, gift cards and more.
"Our staff is aware of domestic situations and we just knew we wanted to give to this place," said Hoover. "When people care together as a group it's so impressive."
Hoover said it was easy to decide what items would be appropriate to give to the transition house.
"You put yourself in it ... if you escaped an abusive situation what would you need?"
Sandra Conrad, support counsellor at Third Place, told the Truro Daily News the donations mean a lot to the organization and the clients it serves, both in house and through outreach programs.
"I feel very touched by it and appreciative. Oftentimes (people who leave an abusive situation) struggle financially ... these are basic needs we take for granted," said Conrad.
"At this time of year we try to give (clients) a little extra to get them through the holidays. Lots of times our needs (here) are urgent."
Conrad added the donations to the transition house also help people remember there is a need for the local facility.
"It's a good way to have education" continue, she said.