A local youth centre was recipient of a recent donation through a national community outreach program.
Slate Youth Centre, a Truro youth drop-in centre, was recently presented with $1,000 after it was chosen as one of 20 recipients across Canada to receive a donation from Canadian company Pita Pit.
“Pita Pit had encouraged its franchises and customers across Canada to submit nominations for community donation recipients,” said Elaine Howell, franchisee of Truro Pita Pit.
“We put it out on Facebook asking who we should nominate, and a lot of people suggested the Slate Youth Centre. There were just so many positive comments about the work the centre does that they really stood out among those suggested.”
Along with the local youth centre, six other Atlantic organizations were chosen for a $1,000 donation out of 20 selected.
“It was actually quite a surprise,” said Crystal Crossan-Zak, director of Slate Youth Centre.
“It was kind of surreal, we couldn’t believe we actually got it. There are so many groups, agencies and really great projects happening in communities across Canada, so to be recognized as part of that top number across the country, it was just amazing.”
Slate runs as a non-profit drop-in centre for youth, where local kids and teens can play games, learn new activities and step away from their responsibilities for a moment.
“At Slate, our motto is relax, recharge, relate,” said Crossan-Zak.
“Life is hard, it wears you down, so we try to provide a place where they can recharge and hang out with their friends, and be around a group of adults that encourage them, support them, give them help and remind them that tomorrow is a new day when they need that little push.”
The donation will go toward supplying the centre’s day-to-day programs and new activities.
“We try not to charge for our programs,” said Crossan-Zak.
“But everything we do costs money, from cooking supplies to craft supplies and even our internet bill. We also asked our young people what they would like the money to go toward, and they said they would like some board games they can play together.”
Aside from the outreach donation campaign, a new campaign to help children in need has been launched.
“Right now, all of the Atlantic Canada Pita Pit locations are collecting donations for the Make A Wish Foundation throughout April,” said Howell.
“Both our Truro and New Glasgow stores are raising donations.
“We are going to keep going and see how many wishes we can grant and how many donations we can get.”