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Spring Cleaning? Consider DONATING Those Items.


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If you’re planning on doing some spring cleaning this weekend, in the near future, or have household items in a box to get rid of, please consider donating them instead.

By donating, you are helping the environment as well as people in our community who may be in real need of some of the items you no longer want.   Here’s a list of organizations and some of the items they need.

Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre– household items for their new Maternity Home.

Women’s Outreach – Household Furnishings.

Habitat for Humanity- Kitchen Appliances (Stoves, Fridges, Microwaves, Dishwashers), Hardware, Small Tools, Home Furniture and Washers & Dryers.

Medicine River Wildlife

Hospital/Animal Care- Bales of wood shavings, high quality meat scissors, rubber, welder’s, and mechanic’s gloves.

Office Supplies- Permanent stamps, Laminator sheets, printer ink and toner – HP 61 & Epson 252 and white printer paper.

Kitchen Supplies- Toilet paper, paper towel and Eco-friendly dish soap, laundry soap, and cleaners

Other Stuff- Various sizes of steel-toed rubber boots, gift cards from Dollarama, Canadian Tire money, power washer, apartment-sized stove/oven and 15-20′ extension cords.

Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter- Bathroom tissue and paper towels, fresh and frozen foods, canned goods, fresh produce, beverages, cleaning cloths, towels and dish cloths.

Central Alberta Humane Society (Formerly SPCA)-  looking for items for their upcoming garage sale.

Items not accepted include clothing, shoes, large appliances, TV’s, computers, tires, mattresses or box springs. All other items must be clean and work.

Donation collection dates will be from May 10th-May 28th, 2017 from 10am-5pm at the Pidherney Curling Centre.

If you can help, contact

  • Central Alberta Pregnancy Care Centre 403-343-1611  CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Women’s Outreach 403-347-2480   CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Habitat for Humanity 403-309-0998 CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Medicine Rive Wildlife 403-728-3467 CLICK HERE. for more information.
  • Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter 403-346-5643 CLICK HERE for more information.
  • Central Alberta Humane Society 403-342-7722 CLICK HERE  for more information.

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Lindsay has lived in Red Deer for over 25 years, and admires what the city of Red Deer offers as a community. In relation to journalism, she has previously worked in the business, and enjoys how photojournalism isn't just about a photo, but the story that is adjacent to it.

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Red Deer family rocked by cancer diagnosis seeks support from the community

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From the Facebook page of Nicole Maurier

With permission from Abby Marie Maurier I am reaching out to you today to let you know that my beautiful daughter Abigail has just been diagnosed with cancer. She has Lymphoma, which is cancer of the lymphatic system and she also has a large mass on her right lung.
What I’m asking for is a variety of support in these ways:
1. Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with cancer, specifically Lymphoma and do you have information you can share about treatement, top clinics etc.
2. Are you someone that has information that you can share towards her holistic healing? She will require postive lifestyle changes such as nutrition, meditative yoga, massage, etc.
3. Can you help support Abigail’s journey by contributing towards her fundraiser in order to help her prior to treatments, during and afterwards.
4. Your prayers, intentions, love and support is greatly appreciated
5. Please share this post so we can reach as many supporters as possible
I am a warrior Mama Bear on a mission to heal my daughter and I won’t stop at anything. I believe healing is possible, I believe in the power of community and love and I believe that together, all of us will help heal her in some special way.

From GoFundMe

Hello, my name is Nicole and I am fundraising for my beautiful daughter Abigail. Abigail was recently diagnosed with Lymphoma, which is cancer cells in the lymph system, and she also has a large mass on her right lung.
She is a young beautiful woman, age 24 and she graduated as a Cardio Tech in 2021 and has been enjoying her work at the hospital tending to cardio patients with the utmost love and care. She has just started her journey in life, residing with her long-term boyfriend Gus in their home with their 2 bunnies, Biggie and Peaches. Abigail also has a dog named Kyah, who is with her in the photo.
Anyone who has been blessed to cross paths with Abigail knows how special she is. She radiates light and love where ever she goes and has a heart of gold. Ever since she was a baby, I have called her my earth angel.
With her recent diagnosis and as her mother, I am asking for your help to please contribute what you can towards her journey with cancer. The funds will be used to allow her to take time off work and focus on her health and treatment. We are looking into a variety of cancer clinics in order to offer her the best outcome possible because she is so deserving of a life of longevity and living cancer free.
Another important part of Abigail’s healing is providing her with proper nutrients, wholesome foods, meditative yoga, massage therapy and other holistic treatments to strengthen her body which the funding will help support.
Your contribution is received with gratitude and appreciation and I thank you with all of my heart for your donation to help my daughter.
Nicole Maurier
Red Deer, AB
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Business leaders decide it’s time to reduce the number of homeless in Red Deer

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News release from the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce to form Task Force on Homelessness in Red Deer

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be convening a Task Force of community and business leaders to address the issues of homelessness and identify actionable steps which can be taken to tackle this generational challenge in Red Deer.

“With the release of the City of Red Deer’s Point in Time (PIT) Report on homelessness last week we are very concerned and disappointed with the effectiveness of the strategies currently in place, and the urgency by which we need to turn this situation around within our city,” commented Scott Robinson CEO of the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce. “Clearly our current strategies are not enough, and we need to elevate the urgency by which we get things done to reduce the number of citizens who are without a place to live. The growing number of people who are homeless is not sustainable and is impacting on our sense of pride, safety and attractiveness of our city to business and industry.”

“We will share more about this Task Force and the next steps in the coming weeks. Time has run out to act with conviction, courage, and clarity. Our community and citizens deserve that from our community leaders, and we are ready to bring the business community and the urgency required to the table.”

Over the next 60 days, the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce will be reaching out to its business and social agency partners to build the Task Force on homelessness and establish a strategy to address the critical steps that need to be taken to reverse the trends and further our community’s vision as a vibrant and healthy city.

Matt Cassidy, Chamber Board President. remarked “Our Chamber is positioned to be the collaborative leader in connecting our business community, social agencies, and elected officials together, to find tangible progress on this complex issue. All businesses rely on the vibrancy of our community as they strive to be sustainable, innovative, or grow, and the results of the PIT Report indicate that we need to do much more. This task force will help hold our leaders accountable for the actionable progress needed and engage one another effectively.”

“In speaking with our membership, and those working closely with the vulnerable populations there are best practices and models for delivery that are successful in other parts of the world that we need to start  implementing” says Robinson. In addition, we need to look at ways that our private sector can get more involved and bring their expertise and strategic thinking to the table. As a collaborative community we also need to ensure that governments at all levels are delivering on their promises of affordable housing and eliminating barriers to expediting these investments.

Established in 1894 the Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan, collaborative business leader representing over 825 member businesses. As one of Red Deer’s oldest and most established membership organizations we are striving to build a vibrant community that fosters an environment where businesses can lead, be innovative, sustainable, and grow.

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