Motorists who receive parking tickets starting today through to Dec. 2 can once again donate a toy in lieu of payment as part of the City of Red Deer’s fifth annual Toys for Tickets program. The program has been a huge success with over 2,500 toys collected since the program started.” Last year, 411 citizens donated more than 500 toys during the Toys for Tickets campaign. The toys are donated to the Red Deer Christmas Bureau to help in meeting its goal that no child wakes up without a toy on Christmas morning. The value of the toy must equal or exceed the amount owed on the parking ticket. A receipt must be presented at the time of payment, and the difference must be paid if the toy is valued lower than the price of the ticket. The early payment rate will remain in effect when the ticket is paid for with a toy. All toys must be new, unwrapped and in the original packaging. Toy donations in lieu of parking tickets will be accepted on Dec. 1 and 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the first floor of City Hall. For more information about the Toys for Tickets program, contact Parking Administration at 403-342-8185 or visit www.reddeer.ca/inspections.
A young Red Deer woman who created a cookbook to support Central Alberta cancer patients is being paid back in spades. Brandi Johnson, now in her second year of graphic design and print technology at SAIT, is one of 16 students from across Canada and the only Albertan who chosen to receive a 2011 UCBeyond Scholarship. The scholarship, dedicated to students afflicted with inflammatory arthritis, will cover Johnson’s tuition for this school year, estimated at about $4,800. Johnson’s self-published All Love Cookbook is now in its third printing with 1,800 copies sold and more than $10,000 raised for the Central Alberta Cancer Centre Patient Financial Assistance Program. Johnson hopes to sell copies of her cookbook at the Centrium on Friday when the Red Deer Rebels host the Seattle Thunderbirds.