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100 Women Who Care, P.E.I. chapter, surpasses $200,000 in donations

Tammy MacKinnon, right, Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, receives a cheque from Beth Cullen, left, and Kirsten Lund of 100 Women Who Care, P.E.I. chapter.
Tammy MacKinnon, right, Upper Room Hospitality Ministry, receives a cheque from Beth Cullen, left, and Kirsten Lund of 100 Women Who Care, P.E.I. chapter. - Submitted

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The 100 Women Who Care, P.E.I. chapter, which is based in Charlottetown, held its 15th meeting on Dec. 12 and saw its total donations to date to local Island charities soar to over $200,000.
Competition among the three contending charities was the steepest yet. The Alzheimer Society of P.E.I., the Upper Room Hospitality Ministry and the P.E.I. Council for People with Disabilities all presented compelling reasons they deserved to be chosen. This was reflected in the closest voting results to date with Upper Room Hospitality Ministry winning by just one vote.
Tammy MacKinnon, manager of the Upper Room Soup Kitchen, delivered a five-minute presentation on the dedication of the staff and volunteers who provide a safe, comfortable gathering space, along with nutritious meals, to people living in despair in this community. The Soup Kitchen provides 150-200 hot meals per day and over 4,200 meals per month at its Richmond Street location. All of the unperishable food is donated, and financial donations are used to buy produce, which is the biggest challenge. The food bank also provides one food hamper per family per month. MacKinnon is excited about how the donation of $13,600 will help them to provide more healthy choices – fresh produce and dairy products – in the coming months.
“I had a particularly rough day at work due to the sad stories of loneliness and despair from some clients at the Upper Room,” she said. “That is all turned around with this exciting news. I can shop for more healthy food for the extra social events planned for the clients during the Christmas season.”
She also couldn’t wait to share the news with her volunteers and clients, noting it will give them all some encouragement to know that people care.
Halbert Pratt was back from Pat and The Elephant to talk about how timely the group’s donation was for their organization. Shortly after the September meeting, when they were the recipients of $13,000 in donations, one of their vans collided with a wandering cow and the van was damaged beyond repair. The timing of the donation allowed them to afford a replacement van. Pat & the Elephant will proudly display the 100 Women Who Care logo on its new van.

About the group:
- 100 Women Who Care P.E.I. helps local charities provide services to Islanders.
- Each member donates $100 per meeting, four times a year, to the charity chosen at quarterly meetings.
- Marilyn Long, a member since the beginning, stated “It truly is the most rewarding organization that I have ever been a part of.”
- There is no limit to the membership and more members mean bigger financial miracles for charities. Currently, this chapter has 136 active members.
- The next meeting is Tuesday, March 13, 5:30 p.m., at The Confederation Centre of the Arts. It is open to any women who wish to observe a meeting before making the commitment to join.
- More information is at www.100womenpei.com or on Facebook.

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