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Paralyzed pup is going to have a very merry Christmas after all

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From The Central Alberta Humane Society

You may have seen these pictures of Angel when she came into Central Alberta Humane Society a few weeks ago. She came to us from the Town of Sylvan Lake Bylaw, found outside an apartment building. Angel was paralyzed on her hind end and was extremely emaciated and malnourished… just look at those sad eyes. We didn’t know the outcome for this poor girl, and you, our amazing supporters & donors graciously flooded Angel with kind words and donations. We are so very thankful to everyone who took a special interest in this sweet girl’s journey.

After consulting veterinarians & specialists, we learned Angel was born paralyzed & it wasn’t a result of an injury, a bit of positive news. We were told a doggy wheelchair would be the best option for her. Angel stayed in our offices and received so much love and care from our staff & volunteers, while we continued to monitor her to make sure she was eating, drinking, and putting on weight. She was, and we were thrilled to see her demeanor change from sad & nervous to a happy, fun-loving, pup! Enter feel good adoption story…

We are so grateful that Lisa happened to come across our plea for Angel on social media. She herself has a paralyzed & deaf dog named Pooter, who happily lives his life in a wheel chair. Lisa told us that something about Angel connected to her, and we felt the same with her. After she told us more about herself, her husband Jeff & their fur-babies, we knew they would be the perfect family for Angel. Incredibly, Lisa gave up her job many years ago to care for Pooter full time. There was no way he could be left alone everyday, and selflessly they both have given up so much to care for their special needs animals, but they get so much love in return too.

Yesterday we were shown that Christmas miracles do happen and these incredible adopters have proven it. Jeff and Lisa drove almost 3 hours with their paralyzed dog Pooter to meet our sweet Angel for the first time. Pooter is as incredible as his people and boy did he show Angel how a set of wheels can work!

We were excited to send Angel off into her sunset with an amazing experienced family and a new life that will include a wheelchair and round the clock care. We have never met a family more committed to their animals, Angel is in great hands. Lisa & Jeff will be creating a special Facebook page just for Angel, so that you can follow her progress and share in her new journey if you wish. We will share it on our Facebook page once it is up.
Once again we want to thank you all for your donations, your kind words and your inspiring support for this beautiful little dog. Our staff had many happy tears saying bye to Angel. We will truly miss her playful nuzzles, her little barks and her loving snuggles. She stole many hearts during her short stay with us but we know that she will now have a chance to live her very best life. A Christmas miracle indeed!

 

After 15 years as a TV reporter with Global and CBC and as news director of RDTV in Red Deer, Duane set out on his own 2008 as a visual storyteller. During this period, he became fascinated with a burgeoning online world and how it could better serve local communities. This fascination led to Todayville, launched in 2016.

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Local moving company donating 101 moves to support vulnerable Canadians this holiday season

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Submitted by Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving

Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving is moving joy, one community organization at a time

This holiday season, Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving (“Two Small Men”) is spreading joy, seeking to donate 101 moves to community organizations that support at-risk individuals. With inflation at an all-time high and the higher stresses that come with the holiday season and colder weather, Two Small Men is looking to give back to the local markets they operate in during this time of need. This marks the third year for this initiative, which Two Small Men was inspired to launch in 2020, following the hardships of COVID-19. The campaign has grown year-over-year, from 25 donated moves in 2020, to 80 moves in 2021, and now with a goal of 101 moves for 2022.

Two Small Men has a long history in Red Deer having supported the Red Deer Food Bank, Bridges Community Living, and the Alberta Motor Association in past years. They are also always actively searching for new community organizations to partner with to support with donated moving services.

This holiday season, Two Small Men will be helping organizations that support vulnerable communities with everything from moving mass amounts of food to local food banks, to supporting shelters with moving individuals into new homes, to moving toys for underprivileged children.

Two Small Men’s community-first mindset is a key part of its identity. Written right into the name, it is a moving company with a big heart, that cares deeply about giving back. Two Small Men has developed a robust community giving program that supports a variety of non-profit and charitable organizations with in-kind moving services, donation collection initiatives, and other financial contributions. Each year, the business redirects 10 per cent of its annual profits to community giving and other charitable operations. In 2022, Two Small Men projects this will translate into a donation fund of $200,000, with the goal of growing to give $750,000 annually in the next 10 years.

“Moving people’s possessions is our business, but the heart of what we do is really all about supporting the people who make up our communities,” says Addison Parfeniuk, CEO, Two Small Men Big Hearts Moving. “We know that the winter season can be an especially challenging time for many people, and it is our hope that by partnering with local organizations such as the Red Deer Food Bank, we will be able to fill the real needs of real people in the Red Deer community.”

Charitable and non-profit organizations are encouraged to submit their moving needs for consideration in this year’s Season of Giving campaign.

For more information, please visit https://twosmallmen.com/about-us/giving-back/.

About Two Small Men
Two Small Men with Big Hearts Moving is a Canadian moving company focused on supporting customers through every stage of their move, big or small. Founded in 1982, the company has 25 offices across the country with major operations in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Kelowna, and Winnipeg, and a fleet of more than 100 moving trucks. Committed to giving back to their communities, they donate 10 per cent of their profits each year to relevant charities and organizations that are serving the community.

 

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Festival of Trees tickets are for sale now

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29th Annual Festival of Trees

It’s time to experience the magic of Festival of Trees! Celebrate at Festival of Wines, be enchanted by Mistletoe Magic, and enjoy family fun at the all new Festival Pancake Breakfast.

For the last 28 years, Festival of Trees has raised funds for healthcare enhancements for the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre and other health centres in Central Alberta.

2022: FUNDING THE INTENSIVE CARE AND CARDIAC CARE UNITS AT RED DEER REGIONAL HOSPITAL CENTRE.

As the only facility in Central Zone with Intensive Care and Coronary Care beds, Red Deer Hospital will be creating a permanent space for CCU and expanding its ICU beds by 8, for a total of 20 ICU beds. Our healthcare system needs more capacity, and this expansion is the first step in responding to the increased demand for high-quality care for patients in the ICU and CCU.

Cardiac enhancements and expansion of bed space have been a longstanding priority for our hospital, and Festival of Trees is thrilled to support the equipment needs in these new spaces by providing CPAP/BI-PAP machines, ultrasound systems, Glidescopes, and much more.

Festival of Wines

We’re not just wines anymore!
Sample flavours from around the world. Local restaurants, fine wineries, craft beer brewers, and select distillers will all tempt you with some of their finest offerings.
Friday, November 25 | 7:00-11:00pm
Tickets $100 including gate admission | 18+

Mistletoe Magic

It has finally returned after a two-year absence! Get back to dining and dancing with your favourite girl with this magical evening of dinner and entertainment for fathers and daughters of all ages.
Daddies and daughters have been making this event a must-do Christmas tradition since 1998. This year we’ve got more fun and games than ever before.
Saturday, November 26 | 6:00-11:00pm
      Tickets $125 including gate admission | All ages

NEW! Festival Pancake Breakfast

Grab a quick bite before you hit the Tree Room this year with a pancake breakfast for the whole family.
Pancakes, sausages, music, and a visit from Santa are all in store.
Sunday, November 27 | 10:00am-12:00pm
Tickets are $15 (13+), $10 (4-12), $5 (3 and under)
Includes gate admission | All ages
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