Cleaning, connecting and more good deeds
Laid-off couple making a difference while art centre aims to uplift seniors
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.
CLEANING UP — EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS
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.
ART TO BRIGHTEN THE 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.
MORE GOOD DEEDS
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.