Whether it’s adapting to COVID-related disruptions or the challenges of learning on an empty stomach, building resilience among our children and youth is essential.
One local grocer, along with their incredibly dedicated team, is taking that to heart as part of their ongoing commitment to the Blackfalds community.
Recognizing the added stress and pressure 2020 has brought local children and youth, Blackfalds IGA operators Doug and Lorianne Domoney note that “the health and wellness of the children and youth in our community is vital at all times, but we also know the added stress from issues like COVID brings new challenges.”
Keeping that in mind, Doug & Lorianne are contributing $4,500 to three local schools to help with their in-school food programs. They have always supported the local schools and felt this year they wanted to provide additional support because they know how the economy and COVID has affected the community.
In addition to their contribution, the team also engaged shoppers to support mental health programs through the Alberta Children’s Health Foundation and Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. With the generosity of shoppers, the store more than doubled their fundraising goal, raising $2,500 through till donations – money that will support mental health initiatives right here at home. Funds will provide children with the tools necessary to thrive by tackling mental health stigmas, providing easier access to help and by strengthening families.
The Circle of Support
How far does your family’s circle of support stretch? Far enough to include your local grocery store! Doug, Lorianne and their three children see their family circle extending far beyond their store walls to include all Blackfalds community members.
“The need for help doesn’t stop with youth. With the way the economy is now, we know there’s a need because not everyone has access to the amenities they need. We feel it’s important to support the community as a whole,” Doug says.
After all, having spent the last 17 years serving the community, it’s clear the emphasis for the Blackfalds IGA team is on local.
Winner of the Blackfalds Chamber of Commerce’s 2020 President’s Award – awarded for business excellence, GRIT, community involvement and for truly being an integral part of the community’s success – their commitment isn’t going unrecognized.
With the holiday season coming up, initiatives to watch for include the annual holiday food drive – learn how you can lend your support in store or and follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest news!