Home Front – October 6

The Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger food drive is set for the Red Deer Rebels game on Sunday at 6 p.m. The unique event focuses on reducing hunger in rural Canada.

Rebels help food drive

The Farm Credit Canada Drive Away Hunger food drive is set for the Red Deer Rebels game on Sunday at 6 p.m. The unique event focuses on reducing hunger in rural Canada. The first tour took place in 2004, with an FCC employee in Ontario, driving an open-cab trailer and collecting 27,200 kg of food. Since then, more than 900,000 kg of food has been collected for food banks across Canada. People are asked to bring food or monetary donations to the game, with the first 1,500 people receiving a free gift from Farm Credit Canada. FCC is Canada’s largest provider of business and financial services to farms and agribusiness.

Christmas lights trade

Red Deer residents can exchange energy-gobbling incandescent Christmas lights for a free set of energy-efficient LED multicoloured lights starting on Nov. 1. The City of Red Deer and Kerry Wood Nature Centre are promoting energy efficiency through the first-come, first-served program, which offers one set of free LED lights in exchange for two sets of outdoor incandescents. There are 1,178 light sets available. The program is open to Red Deer residents only and there is a limit of one set of LED lights per household. Residents will also be given a discount coupon to purchase matching lights from Home Building Centre, which supplied the lights for the program at a reduced rate. “Replacing incandescent house lights with LED lights can reduce your holiday energy consumption by up to 95 per cent,” said Todd Nivens, programs co-ordinator at Kerry Wood Nature Centre. Turning on six strings of old incandescent Christmas lights for six hours a day costs about $27 per month in energy. The cost to light up the same amount of LED lights is only 47 cents for the month. Residents can bring in more than one set of lights next month but they will only be able to get one string of LEDs lights. Wire from the old lights will be recycled. Residents must bring their old lights to the nature centre at 6300 45th Ave. The centre is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and from 1 to 5 p.m. on statutory holidays.

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