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Seniors Need Santa Too: Stocking Stuffers for Seniors Donation Drive Helps

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We often hear that Christmas is for the kids, however for the estimated 1.4 million seniors in Canada who report feelings of isolation and loneliness,[1] a kind gesture from an anonymous Santa during the holidays could be life changing.

Senior isolation is a growing epidemic in Canada. Studies show the effects of isolation and loneliness can have severe negative impacts on the health of seniors. One study found that lonely seniors have a 59% higher risk of physical and mental health decline, and a 45% greater risk of death. Other researchers have suggested that loneliness can be as dangerous as smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic.[2]

In an effort to curb loneliness among seniors during the holidays, London Drugs is partnering with more than 90 senior care organizations to continue its Stocking Stuffers for Seniors holiday donation drive, which will see gifts collected and delivered to approximately 17,000 seniors across Western Canada before Christmas.

“Just the act of receiving a gift helps to significantly improve the spirits of a senior and can have lasting mental and physical health benefits,” says Jimmy Morrison, Community Relations Supervisor, Operation Friendship Seniors Society. “Many seniors without family spend the season alone, and it can be an especially difficult time for them. The simple gesture of giving a gift shows our seniors that people care about them at a time of year when they tend to feel the most isolated and alone.”

The donation drive concept originated in British Columbia’s Okanagan, and expanded to Edmonton in 2015 with a goal to help 40 low-income seniors by providing them with simple gifts such as food, hygiene products or warmth items. The campaign has grown quickly to now include all 82 London Drugs locations in 35 cities across Western Canada.

Since the campaign started, approximately 24,000 packages have been delivered to seniors.

“The rapid growth of the Stocking Stuffers for Seniors program is a true testament to the care Canadians have for our aging population,” says Perry Lubberding, London Drugs Store Manager. “There are many great causes to support during the holiday season, and we are very proud that we have created a program that has resonated with so many people and has become part of their annual family holiday traditions.”

Morrison says the program is much more than gift-giving, and that Stocking Stuffers for Seniors is changing the way younger generations engage with the elderly population.

“Over the last few years, we have seen hundreds of families participate in the program, and many parents tell us that it’s a great way for their children to learn the importance of giving to, and supporting a generation of people who have given so much to our society. We hope that by connecting the younger generation with the older generation through a program like this, in future years the number of isolated and lonely seniors will be significantly reduced.”

To support Stocking Stuffers for Seniors, visit any London Drugs between November 18 and December 16 and take a tag with a senior’s wish list from the tree. From there, simply fulfill the items on the list and bring them back to the location where the tag was selected. The gifts will be delivered to seniors before the holidays.

POPULAR GIFTS FOR SENIORS

  • Books or magazines
  • Blankets and throws
  • Kitchen essentials
  • Candy or chocolate
  • Board games or puzzles
  • Slippers or warm socks
  • Paper towels, tissues, and other paper products
  • Warm clothes like gloves and scarves
  • Travel mugs
  • Gift cards for groceries and toiletries

Stocking Stuffers for Seniors participants and campaign supporters are being asked to use the #StockingStuffersForSeniors hashtag on social media to encourage others to get involved so more elderly Canadians can be supported at the holidays, as well as year-round.

[1] Source: Statistics Canada https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/82-003-x/2013010/article/11872-eng.htm

[2] Source: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1745691614568352

This article was submitted by a reader from the Surrey Community. You can submit your own community story, press release, event or public notice directly to our Community Board today! We also have advertising and promotional options for businesses.

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#Liveoffthefloor concerts feature Surrey bands getting back to live

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#liveoffthefloor concerts feature Surrey bands with nowhere else to play

The Longest Intermission – Getting musicians back into the swing of performing their new music and fans a chance to experience it.

With the support of the Province of British Columbia and the City of Surrey , Penmar Community Arts Society (Penmar), is launching The Longest Intermission, a virtual concert mini-series featuring local bands recorded live off the floor in Ocean Park Community Hall.

Since covid has shut down live music for over a year, bands have struggled to make a living, but continue to create and put out new material. The Longest Intermission gives bands the chance to rehearse in preparation for a return to touring and share it with fans through livestreaming.

Each band receives a copy of the professionally produced audio and video files that they can use to promote themselves and apply for other performance opportunities, both during and post covid. Each performance will be marketed to fans and potential fans throughout BC and livestreamed as a special event.

The Longest Intermission features two bands – Sleepy Gonzales and Brass Camel – all musicians that originated from Surrey or still live there.

The rehearsal will be produced, marketed and streamed as two virtual special events by Penmar with Partner Tradable Bits , who has sponsored us with use of their state-of-the-art marketing and streaming platform as a way to support emerging musicians.

The project received additional support from Long & McQuade (White Rock) that supplied lights for the production, Face The Music that is sponsoring each band with a video marketing package, and Music Lottery who is also providing financial support.

The goal with these special events is to work with the bands to promote their latest music which they created while unable to perform during covid. We are able to stream into communities that the bands are currently unable to tour to, with an opportunity of reaching new audiences.

Live from the Floor special event broadcasts take place on May 1st and May 8th and will feature a video of the Ocean Park Hall performance and a chance to interact with the bands.

Accessible for everyone.  Registration is required and there are free tickets available and paid options to support the musicians in this series and bringing back live!

Event Information and link to register –  https://bit.ly/2Q71JHG

Sleepy Gonzales video “aliens exist” – https://bit.ly/32cr8SP

Brass Camel video “Pressure Cooker” – https://bit.ly/3uRhK3r

Contact:

Dione Costanzo

Event and Marketing Specialist

Operations Manager, Penmar Community Arts Society

About Penmar

Office – 604-535-1162

Cell – 604-817-1526

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Help Canadian Artists Get Played

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Canadian musicians have a great opportunity to get radio play right here in Vancouver. Mary Kirk of Durham Radio has applied for a Vancouver license. With a new, local radio station artists will have a greater range of options to be heard, played, and paid for their music.

Durham Radio needs our help to get their application accepted. I’m reaching out to all musicians to send a letter of support for Durham Radio’s application.

Here is a message from  Mary and Doug Kirk:

Dear members of our Wave artist family,

We at Durham Radio Inc. have applied for a new FM license to broadcast The Wave on 98.3FM in the heart of Vancouver, Canada’s second-largest English-speaking market and a perfect backdrop for Canada’s Smoothest Groove!

Our application was publicly posted Monday, March 22nd on the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s site (CRTC).  In order to be successful, we now need huge public support, especially from our wonderful Wave family of artists.   We hope you will add your own letter of support, documenting your past experiences with The Wave and with us personally, emphasizing our commitment to our artists, especially our Canadian vocalists and instrumentalists. If you have a personal story that will illustrate the impact the Wave has had on your career in the music industry, we would so appreciate your sharing it with the Commission.

Please begin your letter with a clear statement of support for our application.   Then explain why you think that our “Smooth Groove” format would be a welcome addition to the Vancouver market. You may have some thoughts beyond the obvious arguments that we’ll be adding diversity of choice for listeners and a new fresh sound, primarily from artists who do not get played on any other stations in Canada. Our dedication to live music around town and major show production will of course continue, once attending concerts is allowed again!

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your efforts to make “Vancouver’s Smoothest Groove” a reality!  Our West Coast Wave will play an even balance of instrumental and vocal music and will be 40% Canadian in content. We are eager to get all our artists back on FM radio in Canada and introduced them to so many new fans.

With your help, we hope to be able to report on a favourable CRTC decision by late summer.

To mail your support: CRTC, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N2 To fax your support please send to 819-994-0218 for further instructions contact Cat Levan at catlevan.music@gmail.com.  www.wave.fm

 

Many thanks for your support,

 

Cat Levan

 

 

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Clubhouse App Everything You Need To Know About The Social Media Phenomenon | X-Byte Enterprise Solutions

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here you will understand what clubhouse social media mobile app is all about, how this clubhouse drop in audio chat app is different, what happens in the rooms, & many more. let us deep dive into what goes into the clubhouse app development cost blog for better understanding.

 

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2009 successful fight to keep road out of Bear Creek Park breached by present Safe Surrey Councillors

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The Mayor and Council, City of Surrey, B.C., at meeting Monday, February 22/21passed 5-4—an amendment to the 10-year plan and project #7065 (84th Avenue through Bear Creek Park)—to be fast-tracked to give 84th Avenue extension through Bear Creek Park a 2-year priority.

Clrs Pettigrew, Locke, Hundial and Annis questions:

  • the successful 2009 community fight to keep 84th Avenue from going through the south end of Bear Creek Park
  • community opposition in the past to the environmental impact on the two Class A red-listed salmonid creeks (“Bear Creek” at about 13720 and “King Creek” at about 13800)
How could Surrey Councillor Guerra justify her voting to put the road through Bear Creek Park, by stating at the February 22nd council meeting that she believes this project is not cutting down any trees?
Has she and her fellow SSC councillors (who made the  5-4 decision) ever walked the area?  Has she seen the fish spawn in the two red-listed creeks? Has she heard the owls?  Seen the raptors? Enjoyed the quiet of this undeveloped portion of the park?
We pay our mayor and councillors to make informed decisions, not to just vote en bloc.
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Startup Program by X-Byte Enterprise Solutions in CANADA

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X-Byte is launching its super-exclusive StartUp Accelerator program to help and guide all the aspiring business owners out there to scale their operations and grow their venture in 2021.

It’s a one-of-a-kind supercharger program conceived and developed by X-Byte Enterprise Solutions to boost the nation’s entrepreneurial spirit. We are open to up to 25 startups to teach, guide, assist, mentor and share everything we know about running a successful business in this current day and age. Our Program walks every selected entrepreneurial candidate through the following essential modules.

 

Get in touch with us for your specific business requirements.

 

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