Giving Tuesday is in full swing today across the nation following the always frantic Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
Locally, five organizations are benefiting from a special Canada 150 fund set up by the Red Deer and District Community Foundation.
A cheque presentation ceremony on Tuesday morning celebrated money given to Sunnybrook Farm Museum ($7,000), Big Brothers Big Sisters of Red Deer and District ($5,000), Veterans Voices of Canada ($9,274), the Drumheller Learning Society ($9000) and the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society ($2,500), earlier this year.
About $6,000 of the approximately $33,000 raised came from Peavey Industries, which houses its headquarters in Red Deer.
“It’s important not to forget the fact there are a lot of organization, smaller ones, throughout our community that could always use a helping hand,” says Peavey Industries CEO Doug Anderson. “This time of year, it’s certainly a time when people’s awareness around giving is heightened because of the holiday season, but the reality of it is there are needs and opportunities all year long to give back to the community.”
Rob Ironside, President with the Heritage Society, says the money received this year went towards offsetting some of the costs of programming at Cronquist House as well as for Canada Day festivities.
"It's great to be a part of this community. Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society represents between 15 and 18 organizations in the City of Red Deer,” he says. “When we get together, we talk about different ways we're helping the community, so we're always looking for new members and if there are people out there that represent different organizations, we'd love to talk to them."
Cynthia Lloyd with the Community Foundation further explains that moneys raised by the foundation this year were matched by the Government of Canada.
"In 2017, a total of $55,749 was granted to our community, through the Red Deer District & Community Foundations Smart & Caring Fund and generous donors in our community," Lloyd says.
Giving Tuesday is promoted locally through the Central Alberta Gives campaign.
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