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Dollar a Day foundation teams up with St. John’s firefighters

Excerpt:
“…An N.L. charity co-founded by Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle has new partnerships — and new beneficiaries.

A Dollar a Day on Monday announced the St. John’s Regional Fire Department and a local firefighters’ union have signed on with the foundation — co-founded by Doyle, Brendan Paddick, and Andrew Furey — which encourages daily $1 donations in support of mental health and addictions initiatives….”

Date of Article: December 23, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/dollar-a-day-firefighters-1.5406855

‘Enough of the stuff’: Meet the people pushing for a green Christmas with less waste

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“…It’s been a few years since Sheila Ryan became fed up with the hustle and bustle of the commercial Christmas rush. Now she’s hoping for a holiday with less waste, less stress and less mess.

“Enough of the stuff,” she said. “We’re bombarded with stuff. Our kids are bombarded with stuff.”…”

Date of Article: December 23, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/green-christmas-waste-reduction-1.5406554

Joys of Christmas: East meets west in this St. John’s home

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“…Christmas is around the corner and the Joy household isn’t shying away from the celebrations. A massive tree, stockings and lots of warm lights fill their home while three young children add to the explosion of happiness.

“I think Christmas is a magical time to spend with the family and with friends. With elves. And with Santa,” said Rianna, 9….”

Author: Prajwala Dixit
Date of Article: December 23, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/joys-of-christmas-1.5400446

These dance classes for everyone are ‘the best place to be’

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“…A young girl wearing a bright purple bodysuit and black tutu with rainbow sparkles grins as she comes through the door of Steffen Dance Studio one Friday night.

Excited for her weekly dance class, Claire McDonald is like any other child who loves to dance. She just does it from a wheelchair….”

Author: Meghan McCabe
Date of Article: December 18, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/adaptive-dance-classes-st-johns-1.5393894

Many go home, some stay behind: MUN program brings locals and international students together for Christmas

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“…School is out for Christmas at Memorial University, and while many will be headed home for the holidays some will remain behind.

It can be a lonely time of year for international students, those whose homes are too far away and too expensive to travel to at this time of year….”

Date of Article: December 16, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mun-christmas-break-international-students-1.5397146

How to fight hunger: A look inside your local food bank

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“…What is the Community Food Sharing Association?

It’s a network. A registered charity. A provincial organization with dedicated staff, supported by dedicated volunteers. But more than that, it’s a machine built to combat hunger in Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s hundreds of unseen hands, passing food from those who give it, to those who need it….”

Author: Zach Goudie
Date of Article: December 10, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/how-to-fight-hunger-1.5389600

Wanted: People who know their way around a tax return

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“…As the Canada Revenue Agency gears up for the 2019 tax season, it’s recruiting volunteers for a program that helps those in need file taxes and access eligible credits and benefits.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, a collaboration between the CRA and community organizations, has been around for about 40 years….”

Date of Article: November 27, 2019
Source: CBC News
Website: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/cra-volunteers-free-taxation-clinics-1.5375289

Durrell’s Bob Wilton reflects on a life as a volunteer

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“…Robert Wilton’s volunteering philosophy is simple.

When you find something you enjoy, stick with it and give back….”

Author: Nicholas Mercer
Date of Article: November 25, 2019
Source: The Telegram
Website: https://www.thetelegram.com/news/provincial/durrells-bob-wilton-reflects-on-a-life-as-a-volunteer-380613/

Grand Falls-Windsor’s Bruce Moores recognized with volunteer hall of fame award

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“…The chagrin of parents across the province aside, the arrival of the Christmas season has one Grand Falls-Windsor man looking forward.

That man is Bruce Moores and he has a special role to play this holiday season….”

Author: Nicholas Mercer
Date of Article: November 25, 2019
Source: The Western Star
Website: https://www.thewesternstar.com/news/local/grand-falls-windsors-bruce-moores-recognized-with-volunteer-hall-of-fame-award-380612/

St. Anthony Fire Department telethon raises over $20,000

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“…Phones were ringing all through the evening as the St. Anthony Volunteer Fire Department accepted pledges for its significant yearly fundraiser. On Nov. 6, the department hosted its 26th annual telethon, raking in $21,551.70….”

Author: Stephen Roberts
Date of Article: November 13, 2019
Source: The Western Star
Website: https://www.saltwire.com/news/local/st-anthony-fire-department-telethon-raises-over-20000-375687/