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'Tis the season to give back

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011 02:58 pm

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We commend Airdrie residents and non-profit organizations for once again stepping up to help those in need this holiday season.

The Lioness Club’s Christmas Hamper program, the many schools and groups that contribute to Samaritan’s Purse, and Stephen’s Backpacks Society with its partnership with George McDougall High School are just a few notable contributors this year.

We are inspired to see the students at a local high school partnering with Stephen’s Backpacks Society to fundraise and help provide furniture, food, dishes and other necessities for a family in need.

We have always known that the people of Airdrie come together to help those who are not as fortunate as them, but we are thrilled to see that generosity passed down to the next generation.

These students will find new and inventive ways to raise funds that we would never have thought of.

We are also glad these organizations represent giving locally and to those overseas. School children of all ages take part in Samaritan’s Purse’s Operation Christmas Child, which provides toys, toiletries and school supplies to those in need around the world.

The Lioness Christmas Hamper program provides food, toys, and other gifts to families in and around Airdrie.

The Stephen’s Backpacks/George McDougall initiative will help an Airdrie family have a brighter Christmas.

These generous initiatives really make you think about what is important at this time of year. While most of us are asking “Santa” for the latest smart phone or that new video game console, people around the world and right here in our community are wishing for nothing more than a roof over their head and food on the table.

Good job Airdrie, let’s keep it up.


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