Giving Month 2021: Giving Calgarians Open Hearts and Wallets to Solve Key Issues – Calgary

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It has been a difficult year for many, but the generous Calgarians have opened their hearts and their wallets to help yet again.

The final tally for Global Calgary’s Month of Giving campaign has arrived – an incredible $ 179,108.

For the second year in a row, Global Calgary has virtually partnered with four charities to raise funds for food safety and mental health: the Calgary Food Bank, Parachutes for Pets, Kerby Center and the YMind program of the YMCA.

Each week, the Global Calgary press team shared stories about the great work being done in our community and the various needs these groups are addressing.

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Donation month: pet parachutes help keep furry families together

Parachutes for Pets helps low-income families in the Calgary area improve their health and well-being, not only for themselves, but also for their pets through accessible programs and resources.

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Through her donations, Parachutes for Pets provides pet food baskets, vaccination and wellness clinics, grooming assistance and emergency pet kits to those fleeing domestic violence, homeless people, low income seniors, veterans, and children in foster care with their furry friends.

The Kerby Center provides seniors with a safe place to feel at home while escaping financial, physical and / or emotional abuse.

In the past year, the shelter has operated at 99% capacity and has had to turn away 370 vulnerable elderly people in need.

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Month of Giving: Kerby Center keeps food on the table for vulnerable seniors during the holiday season

The Kerby Center says many Calgary seniors are food insecure and its programs offer free food markets, food baskets, frozen meals and grocery delivery as well as support visits to vulnerable seniors low income.


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Kerby Center keeps food on the table for vulnerable seniors this holiday season


Kerby Center Keeps Food On The Table For Vulnerable Seniors This Holiday Season – December 8, 2021

The YMCA’s Y Mind program takes a preventative approach for young people who are going through a mental health crisis and who have thoughts of harming themselves. According to the organization, one in five Canadians will suffer from a diagnosable mental health disorder in their lifetime, with anxiety and depression being the most common.

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Giving Month: YMCA Helps Teens and Young Adults Cope With Anxiety Through “Y Mind” Program

Using techniques based on Mindfulness Acceptance and Engagement (ACT) therapy, Y Mind empowers participants to understand how the stress response works, why our brains and bodies respond the way they do and provide practical tools and strategies to overcome physical and psychological discomfort without disengaging from life.

The Calgary Food Bank is the city’s main charitable food hub and relies solely on community support. After resolving food emergencies clients face by giving them food baskets, the food bank refers clients to partner agencies and programs for additional support.

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Donation Month: Calgary Food Bank helps food insecure families and individuals

The food bank is able to turn every dollar donated into $ 5 worth of food. The food bank says demand for its services increases in November and December and continues into the new year.


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Donation Month: Calgary Food Bank helps food insecure families and individuals


Donation Month: Calgary Food Bank helps food insecure families and individuals

Throughout the month of December, Christmas content has been added to the food baskets so that customers can enjoy a holiday meal.

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Thank you to our generous viewers for helping our friends and neighbors in our community who need help.

– with files from Jessika Guse, Global News

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.


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