United Way Central Alberta has reached 83 per cent of its fundraising goal. As of Dec. 11, $1,660,926 has been raised. This money goes back into the community and helps fund more than 30 programs and services in Central Alberta. Last year, 107,000 people benefited from the funding, including 19,613 children who received mentorship opportunities, camp experiences, nutrition and education support and tools to help reach their full potential. The United Way aims to raise $50,000 more than last year, and is searching for new sources and donors to help reach this goal. For more information, contact United Way Central Alberta at 403-343-3900 or visit www.caunitedway.ca.
The Central Alberta Women’s Emergency Shelter is hosting a gift wrap booth fundraiser at the Bower Place Shopping Centre from now to Dec. 24. Volunteers from CAWES will wrap three gifts or less for a minimum donation of $5, and four gifts or more for a minimum of $10. All proceeds will be donated to the emergency shelter, which provides refuge for women and children who face domestic violence. Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts on all days of the week. For more information or to volunteer, contact Tina at 403-318-2321 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations to make Christmas brighter for the needy can be dropped at the Red Deer Alberta Motor Association office until Friday. Unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for non-profit groups will be collected before being shipped on AMA trucks to local charities. On Friday, volunteers are needed to form a human chain to fill trucks with donations. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Red Deer office at Suite 141, 2004 50th Ave.
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