Downtown Fredericton has been granted permission by the City of Fredericton to continue the Kindness Meter Project. The program collects donations for the Fredericton Homeless Shelters and the Fredericton Community Kitchen.
The Kindness Meter Pilot Project began in 2015 with the purpose of raising money for charities and organizations providing services to the homeless in the community. Since it’s inception, the meters have collected close to $10,000 which has been split evenly between the two charities.
“Downtown businesses are in support of the Kindness Meters as another option for helping those in need” says Bruce McCormack, General Manager of Downtown Fredericton Inc. “Citizens are not always comfortable dropping coins into the hands of a panhandler, not knowing if the money will truly go for food or shelter. The Kindness Meters offer them an option that helps the whole community.” With more than 1400 meals served at the Fredericton Community Kitchen and the operational funds at the Fredericton Homeless Shelters receiving a boost from these funds over the past two years, McCormack feels the project has been a success.
With approval to continue the program, Downtown Fredericton Inc. will now prepare to shine a spotlight on the Kindness Meters, and have updated signage on the meters, adding information about the recipient charities.
“Frederictonians are generous people, and the Kindness Meters are a great way for locals to support those in our community who find themselves in hard times” noted McCormack.
The extended project will run from July 1, 2017 until June 30, 2019.