Stubbert kids turn beach treasures into fundraising crafts

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The Bridgetown Litter Patrol, better known as Stubbert siblings Katie, Haes and Addison, have expanded their enterprises from treasure hunting and picking up litter on the beach to form what they call Beachcomber Crafts.

The youngsters have turned their beach and outdoor gem finds into Christmas ornaments, art and crafts. They hope to sell the items to raise money for Hope for Wildlife.

Hope for Wildlife is a charitable wildlife rehabilitation and education organization located in Seaforth, Nova Scotia. They have rescued, rehabilitated, and released more than 50,000 injured and orphaned wild animals representing more than 250 species since 1997.

The organization is totally volunteer run. Hope Swinimer is at the helm of the organization and even has her own show Hope For Wildlife/TV.

“I want to be just like Hope,” said Addison who is 11-years-old and passionate about animals. She has been watching Ms Swinimer’s show for the past two years.

“I’m really trying to teach the kids to think about giving rather than receiving this Christmas season,” Denise Metcalf, the kid’s mom, said.

“I was thinking, what are we already doing? What can we work with? I have a crafty mind so I thought let’s do crafts.”

For the past few years when the family visited the beach Haes’s favourite activity has been picking up litter and treasure in his toy dump truck.

This got all the kids cleaning and combing the beach for other treasures too.

The family tends to take home pinecones, leaves and treasures from walks in the woods and other time spent outdoors.

“We had all this material,” Ms Metcalf said pointing to a bucket of oldman’s beard tree bark and seashells.

The kids decided they would get to work making ornaments.

“The next step is selling the crafts,” Ms Metcalf said.

To avoid the possibility of spreading COVID-19 to immunocompromised family members they can’t sell their creations at a craft fair this year.

So Ms Metcalf and the Beachcomber Crafts crew are asking anyone interested in buying an ornament to call them at 902-3261385 or email peipotatoehead@gmail.com. All proceeds will go to Hope for Wildlife.

Rachel Collier, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eastern Graphic