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Salvation Army needs holiday helpers to reach million-dollar goal

Excerpt:
“…Calgarians answered the call when the Salvation Army were unable to meet the demand for their Christmas Toy Drive, now they are once again hoping for a helping hand with their Christmas Kettle Campaign….”

Author: Ryan Rumbolt
Date of Article: December 17, 2016
Source: Calgary Herald
Website: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/salvation-army-needs-holiday-helpers-to-reach-million-dollar-goal

Canmore cancels annual Highland Games after 26 years of tossing cabers

Excerpt:
“…After more than a quarter century of tartan pageantry, the Canmore Highland Games has tossed its last caber.

The group that puts on the annual Labor Day long weekend event has pulled the plug on the event, citing a lack of volunteers to operate the festival of Scottish culture and sport….”

Author: Bill Kaufmann
Date of Article: December 15, 2016
Source: Calgary Sun
Website: http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/12/15/canmore-cancels-their-annual-highland-games

Calgary students whip up bagged lunches for the homeless

Excerpt:
“…There’s an old saying about a free lunch, but don’t tell it to the students at Holy Name Elementary School.

On Tuesday, students set up several assembly lines in their gymnasium producing bagged lunches for the Calgary Drop In – close to 6,000 in total….”

Author: Brodie Thomas
Date of Article: December 14, 2016
Source: Metro Calgary
Website: http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/12/14/calgary-students-whip-up-bagged-lunches-for-the-homeless.html

Life filled with examples of people stepping up to make a difference

Excerpt:
“…The scene at a Salvation Army donation kettle last weekend would warm anyone’s heart….”

Author: Monica Zurowski
Date of Article: December 11, 2016
Source: Calgary Sun
Website: http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/12/12/life-filled-with-examples-of-people-stepping-up-to-make-a-difference

Syrian refugee families celebrate the holidays with a Christmas party

Excerpt:
“…Syrian refugee families were treated to a Christmas celebration on Sunday with more than 50 enjoying singing, face painting and of course, presents from Santa.

It was the first Christmas celebration in Canada for many of the families, who arrived from places like Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan late last year….”

Date of Article: December 11, 2016
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/syrian-refugees-holiday-party-1.3892019

All the animals at AARCS want for Christmas is you

Excerpt:
“…The negative impacts from the downturn in Alberta’s economy aren’t just affecting people — some pets are having a hard time too.

The number of animals being surrendered to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) has gone up, said spokeswoman Lindsay Black, with many of them suffering medical needs….”

Author: Dave Dormer
Date of Article: December 10, 2016
Source: CBC News
Website: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/aarcs-donation-cats-dogs-adopt-holidays-1.3891425

Short on donations, Calgary charity The Magic of Christmas asks for help

Excerpt:
“…It’s a plight facing too many Calgary non-profits, but it’s an even harder hit come Christmas.

For more than 30 years, local charity The Magic of Christmas has partnered with Calgary Transit to dress up, deliver gifts and spread holiday cheer to hundreds of Calgarians on Christmas Eve….”

Author: Anna Brooks
Date of Article: December 10, 2016
Source: Calgary Sun
Website: http://www.calgarysun.com/2016/12/10/short-on-donations-calgary-charity-the-magic-of-christmas-asks-for-help

Calgary Herald Christmas Fund 2016: Food bank volunteers keep well-oiled machine running smoothly

Excerpt:
“…Of all the things one would expect to see during sorting at the Calgary Food Bank, vacuum-packed smoked salmon and a tin of shrimp pate would not be on the list….”

Author: Michele Jarvie
Date of Article: December 9, 2016
Source: Calgary Herald
Website: http://calgaryherald.com/news/local-news/calgary-herald-christmas-fund-2016-food-bank-volunteers-keep-well-oiled-machine-running-smoothly

Calgary Snow Angels: A little shovel goes a long way in winter

Excerpt:
“…With biting winds and heaps of snow, clearing Calgary’s sidewalks isn’t always easy – and it’s especially hard on some.

Enter here the Calgary Snow Angels: volunteers who pick up a shovel and hit the streets to help elderly neighbours and those in need by keeping their sidewalks clear….”

Author: Jennifer Friesen
Date of Article: December 7, 2016
Source: Metro Calgary
Website: http://www.metronews.ca/news/calgary/2016/12/07/calgary-snow-angels-volunteer-shovel-snow.html

Calgary clinician’s inspirational dedication to stroke research recognized

Excerpt:
“…Significant progress has been made in stroke treatment research at the University of Calgary’s Hotchkiss Brain Institute and Dr. Michael Hill has played a major role in several groundbreaking studies.

The researcher, clinician and a Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada volunteer was presented with the organization’s Award of Merit, the highest honour for a volunteer, at a ceremony in Winnipeg earlier this month….”

Date of Article: December 7, 2016
Source: CTV News
Website: http://calgary.ctvnews.ca/calgary-clinician-s-inspirational-dedication-to-stroke-research-recognized-1.3193917

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead