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Airdrie’s Little Miss Calgary gives back in a big way

By: Matt Durnan

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 01, 2013 11:33 am

Little Miss Calgary (third from left) stands with the crew of a North Cariboo airplane that delivered supplies for local flood victim collected from residents in Beaumont, AB.
Little Miss Calgary (third from left) stands with the crew of a North Cariboo airplane that delivered supplies for local flood victim collected from residents in Beaumont, AB.
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Little Miss Calgary and Airdrie’s own Grace Pound continued her philanthropic mission to assist those affected by flooding in Southern Alberta in June.

Pound was on hand at the Calgary International Airport on July 25 to greet a North Cariboo Air plane as it touched down full of supplies collected in Beaumont, AB to be distributed to flood victims.

The partnership started when nine-year-old Pound and her mother Ronaele put out an ad on Kijiji with a plea for donations to help out in any way possible.

The initial response was slow with some accusations that the two were running a scam.

Finally, along came Ruby Kratchner, a flight attendant with North Cariboo Air, who responded to the Pound’s ad and wanted to help out.

“I was inspired, a girl at such a young age wanted to make a difference,” said Kratchner. “I wanted to do something.”

The plane arrived late in the afternoon on July 25 filled with everything from clothes to housewares to toys. Pound was caught off guard by the amount of items that were brought in.

“It was amazing, I wasn’t expecting that many donations to come,” said Pound. “I was expecting to fill four carts.”

Representatives from NeighbourLink Calgary were on hand to load their truck to take into Calgary and distribute the items to those who needed them.

Ronaele beamed with pride over the selfless actions of her daughter and how well the initiative went.

“What began as a donation drive over a month ago morphed into an extraordinary project,” said Pound. “Watching the plane touch down full of donations was proof that a small idea can be a huge success.”

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi has taken notice of Pound’s hard work and has requested a meeting with her in September.


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