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This month’s recipient a couple that gives back

Airdrie Angel:

By: Matt Carre

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 12:18 pm

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Hugh and Carolla raised nine kids with seven of them growing up here in town. They have been great community members, volunteers at their church and recently have taken over care of three of their grandchildren, all with special needs.

About a year ago, Hugh had a bad car accident where his vehicle was t-boned. He spent three months in the hospital and now has to use a walker to get around. He also can no longer drive. After meeting with his doctors at the end of December, it is not looking like things are going to get much better. Carolla is left taking care of the three children and now has become the caregiver for her husband. Unable to drive herself, she is left using taxis and other forms of transportation to get her and the kids to school where she also volunteers and other places around town. They didn’t ask for any of this to happen. It just did.

The Angel selection committee received news of their situation from one of Hugh and Carolla’s daughters. She wanted them to be recognized for all of their efforts through the years, also saying they were struggling and too proud to ask for help and she hates to see them suffer in silence.

Last week, we told Carolla that she and her family were this month’s recipient. The package they received included gift certificates to both Summerhill Florist’s and Natural E Green Health and Wellness both long-term supporters of the program. They’re also going to have their house professionally cleaned by Pink Wand Cleaning services, to which Carolla commented, “I’ve never had that before.”

Think Airdrie Networking, a local networking group supplied a pre-paid credit card to help out with travel around the city. Airdrie Canvas always so gracious has set them up with a Superstore gift card to help out with groceries and other household items. Crossfit 403 and Energy Equine wanted them to enjoy a night out with the kids and will be paying for a meal or two for them. Last and certainly not least, Airdrie Waste Management will be giving them $500 cash to help out with day-to-day life and whatever comes their way.

The Airdrie Angel program is not about giving life-changing money to anyone, its about the human spirit and as Carolla said, “We just wish for happy days.” If that’s not spirit we’re not sure what is.

The Airdrie Angel program can be heard the first Friday of each month on Air 106.1 at 7:40 a.m. and again Friday afternoon at 4:40 p.m. To read more about Hugh and Carolla’s story or to nominate an Airdrie Angel, please go to

The program is proudly brought to you by The Carre Group of Sotheby’s International Realty in Airdrie.


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