Imagine learning that your child is ill and you will need to travel to a different city to receive the medical care they need. In the midst of your worst nightmare as a parent, you must now also leave your home, your job and your support system. This is the reality for more than 70 per cent of Canadian families with seriously ill or injured children.
During this time, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Southern and Central Alberta is there to help. Their Houses provide a home away from home for families with children receiving vital medical treatment in Calgary and Red Deer. Most importantly, their warm, welcoming and affordable accommodations help ease the heavy financial and emotional burdens placed on the hundreds of families who come through their doors each year.
In 2016, 590 out of town families stayed at their Houses in Calgary and Red Deer. An additional 1,314 local families received health services through their Care Mobile Program.
The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society
AARCS is made up of a large network of volunteers, foster homes and animal lovers. They are a non-profit animal rescue organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of animals in our community.
AARCS focus is to rescue small animals (cats and dogs) from rural communities in Alberta that have limited animal services. At the discretion of the intake committee and when space in their program allows, they will take surrendered animals or transfer animals from other shelters. In 2016 alone, AARCS saw over 3,000 animals come through their programs, and cared for them by providing medical care, spaying/neutering, vaccinating and then found their forever families. In an addition AARCS’ also has assistance programs such as Spay/Neuter, TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) for Cats and Emergency Medical Assistance.
AARCS relies solely on donations from the public, corporations [like CIR REALTY!], fundraising events and adoption fees to run their programs.