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Supporting New Canadian Families In Red Deer Through #Welcoming 150!


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By Sheldon Spackman

A new campaign has been launched to help support new Canadian families in Red Deer. Catholic Social Services along with Immigration & Settlement Service (CSS), Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E) and London Drugs have all teamed up to launch the #Welcoming 150 Campaign.

Officials say the donation drive aims to support 150 new Canadian families across Western Canada who left their country of origin in most cases due to unsafe circumstances. This means, people can now visit London Drugs in Red Deer to learn about the families adopted by the store and donate items based on the specific needs of those families. Items collected will then be delivered to the participating 150 families across Western Canada before Canada Day on July 1st.

According to Catholic Social Services, the items needed most include:

  • Hygiene products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, tooth paste, etc.
  • Kitchen wares such as dishes, cutlery, cooking utensils, small appliances, etc.
  • Linens for the kitchen, bath and bedroom.
  • Food including snacks, cooking oil, rice, pasta, flour, cereal, juice, etc.
  • Cleaning supplies including laundry soap, broom, dust pan, iron, etc.
  • Family needs such as books, games or puzzles.

Officials add that the inspiration behind #Welcoming150 is two-fold. First, it provides continued support for new Canadian families who come from unsafe backgrounds. Second, it honours the legacy of Tong Louie, whose family acquired London Drugs in 1945 and grew the company to what it is today. In 1914, Tong Louie was born to an immigrant Chinese family who owned a wholesale food business.


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