Clean­ing, con­nect­ing and more good deeds

Laid-off cou­ple mak­ing a dif­fer­ence while art cen­tre aims to up­lift se­niors

Calgary Herald - - CITY+REGION -

The world is deal­ing with a coronaviru­s pan­demic, but dif­fi­cult times of­ten bring out the best in people. Neigh­bours help neigh­bours. Strangers help strangers. Here are a few of the things Cal­gar­i­ans are do­ing to lift each other’s spir­its or make a dif­fer­ence dur­ing this chal­leng­ing time.


Dan Mc­cormick and Sa­man­tha Neufeld were laid off from restau­rant jobs due to the pan­demic, but Mc­cormick’s mother says that didn’t stop them from mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in their community.

“(They) noted tossed garbage dur­ing their walks around the community, so they got grab­bers, gloves and garbage bags and picked up lit­ter dur­ing their walks,” says Mary Lou Mc­cormick.

“When they fin­ished their community, they did the nearby neigh­bour­hood.”

Goes to show, ev­ery­one can make their city a bet­ter place each day.


The Leighton Art Cen­tre or­ga­nized a cam­paign to send orig­i­nal art cards, along with mes­sages of hope and love, to se­niors com­mu­ni­ties. The cen­tre asked artists of all ages to cre­ate the orig­i­nal cards in hopes of lift­ing the spir­its of se­niors in iso­la­tion.

“In these un­prece­dented times, artists and their skills are needed more than ever to con­nect, up­lift and in­spire,” says the cen­tre’s Amanda Mackay.

The cards are be­ing de­liv­ered to se­nior cen­tres this month.


Swiz­zle­sticks Salon­spa do­nated

at-home spa kits to moth­ers re­sid­ing at The Brenda Stafford Cen­tre, which sup­ports women and chil­dren flee­ing do­mes­tic vi­o­lence. For ev­ery on­line Swiz­zle­sticks pur­chase made for Mother’s Day, a gift was given to women at the cen­tre to let them know they are ap­pre­ci­ated and cel­e­brated.

Spon­sor En­ergy, an Al­berta-based

■ elec­tric­ity and nat­u­ral gas re­tailer, is giv­ing half of its prof­its to char­i­ties of their cus­tomers’ choice. De­fer­ral and pay­back pro­grams are also avail­able for clients hard hit by the pan­demic.

Cait­lynne Me­drek and her small ■ busi­ness, YYC Princess, have been cre­at­ing mag­i­cal birth­day trains for kids, and some adults, too, dur­ing so­cially dis­tanced cel­e­bra­tions.

Janet Pliszka, with her small ■ busi­ness Kids Pho­tog­ra­phy Academy, has cre­ated a num­ber of ways to keep youth busy, with a unique 30 Day Photo Chal­lenge that in­cludes photo as­sign­ments and ac­cess to an in­clu­sive on­line hub for kids.

The Leighton Art Cen­tre had artists make orig­i­nal cards for se­niors. They will be de­liv­ered later this month.

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