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Update: Red Deer you’ve helped Christmas Bureau deliver Christmas joy to more than 1000 children

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The Red Deer Christmas Bureau would like to thank everyone the amazing support they’ve had again this year.  Together, we will help 1020 children have a wonderful Christmas morning with Santa arriving and a warm meal for their families on Christmas Day.
Watch this heartwarming video and know that thousands of Central Albertans support the Red Deer Christmas Bureau in a variety of manners.  Red Deer… this is the result of your generosity, your time, and your love for your neighbours.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

If there’s one place in Red Deer that best resembles Santa’s Workshop it has to be the Christmas Bureau. Many weeks before the big day the donations start to arrive.  Christmas gifts, food, and money will all be donated… stored, sorted, displayed… and parcelled up for their trip to over one thousand homes in the area.  They say the Christmas Bureau helps at least one family on every street in town.

As you might imagine the days before Christmas can be quite hectic as everything comes together at once.  All the gifts are dispersed through the city to be wrapped and stored under Christmas trees waiting for this special morning.  All the food and goodies are sorted and placed in over 1000 boxes.  Then with a real sense of excitement and urgency, hundreds of people file politely into the Red Deer Christmas Bureau.  For two straight days over 500 Christmas Food hampers are presented to deserving families who’ve arrived to pick them up.

Thousands of Central Albertans support the Red Deer Christmas Bureau in a variety of manners.  Red Deer… this is the result of your generosity, your time, and your love for your neighbours.  Thank you and Merry Christmas!

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City wants your thoughts on homelessness

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From City of Red Deer Communications

Help shape Red Deer’s housing and homelessness plan

As part of the Community Housing & Homelessness Integrated Plan, residents are invited to complete a survey to provide their feedback about housing and homelessness in Red Deer.

Driven by a Council Ad Hoc Committee, the overall goal of the Community Housing & Homelessness Integrated Plan (CHHIP) is to develop a strategic and innovative housing plan that will help achieve the community’s housing goals.

“Everyone needs a place to live, and the work we’re doing today with the CHHIP will guide housing andhomelessness planning now and in the future,” said Tricia Hercina, Manager of Social Planning with the City of Red Deer. “This is a community plan, and will focus on the full non-market housing spectrum.”

To ensure the plan is reflective of community needs, all citizens are invited to provide their feedback. A survey is currently available at reddeer.ca/surveys. The survey will be open to the public until July 5, 2019, and should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. In addition to the survey, a series of community conversations will occur. These opportunities will be advertised as they become available.

“We are asking for the community’s help with identifying current housing and homelessness needs within Red Deer, and ideas to address those needs in our communities by completing our survey,” saidHercina. “This valuable input will help us ensure this community plan is truly reflective of the community’s needs.”

Click here to go to the survey!

For more information about the CHHIP, please visit: http://www.reddeer.ca/city-government/mayor-and- city-councillors/council-committees/our-committees/community-housing–homelessness-integrated- plan/

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Notre Dame Grad Service Project donates $50,000 to Child Advocacy Centre

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From Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools

As of June, this year’s grad service project “Be the Voice” at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School has raised a total of $50,000 for the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre. 

Over the past seven months, students in conjunction with St. Francis of Assisi Middle School have been fundraising through different activities and events, such as bake sales, school challenges, food trucks, etc. From April 1-6, École Secondaire Notre Dame High School hosted their Grad Service Project week, where teams of six students and their team teacher worked together to raise money, compete in ridiculous challenges and earn points. On the final day of that week, student teams, along with a parent completed a 22-hour extreme scavenger hunt throughout Red Deer without a vehicle.

“The service project is a Notre Dame tradition. It is fantastic to watch students connect with the charity they chose. They work so hard to raise funds and make a difference. The student’s passion for success of this project extends to their families. It’s great to see everyone getting involved, have fun and truly make a difference in our community. They realize they can contribute and make our community even better. It’s a life lesson,” said Grad Service Project Coordinator, Shannon Nivens at École Secondaire Notre Dame High School.

The Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre was the charity of choice this year because students liked the idea of supporting children in their local community. Each year the graduating class from École Secondaire Notre Dame High School chooses a charity to raise funds for through their Grad Service Project. For the past 11 years, students have raised more than $600,000 for student chosen charities.
For more information about the École Secondaire Notre Dame High School grad service project, please visit notredamehigh.ca

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