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Red Deer youth spread Christmas cheer with Kindness Trees

A partnership with Paint the Town Positive and Capstone
Handpainted, wooden ornaments decorate trees at Canada 150 Square for Capstone’s Kindness Tree project, on Dec. 8, 2022. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Red Deer youth are spreading some holiday kindness again this year by decorating evergreens at Capstone with handpainted ornaments for the public to take and share.

On Monday, wooden ornaments were hung on eight trees at Canada 150 Square for Capstone’s Kindness Tree project which will continue until the end of December.

It’s the second year for the project and youth decorated more than 500 ornaments for 2022. Signs on each tree explain what Kindness Trees are all about.

“Anyone in the community can take a decoration for themselves and take one to give to somebody in their lives who perhaps may need cheering up, or to just brighten their day, and spread the message of kindness throughout our community,” said SPARC co-chair Rania Page about the project which is a partnership between the youth chapter of SPARC Red Deer called Paint the Town Positive and Capstone.

Students around the city participated, as well as youth from McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association.

“It’s very much a partnership, a team effort, to make it happen.”


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It’s the second year for the project, which is just one of the activities that allows Paint the Town Positive members to promote kindness and give back to their community.

Page said since 2019 the group has also spread kindness each winter by decorating the community with cold-weather clothing, like mitts, for people in need to take. This year something extra will be included with the clothing that will be distributed in late January.

“The youth put together little packages with snacks, hand warmers and a message to remind people of their value and their worth.”


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For more on SPARC (Strengthening Positive Assets & Resiliency in Communities) visit

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