Each year for the last five years the United Way has made a concentrated effort to help those in need stay warm in the winter months. This year, the United Way and Anytime Fitness will partner again for the Sock and Mitten Drive which began last week.
The goal of the drive is to help people avoid cold-related injuries such as frostbite, blisters and chilblains.
Clean, dry footwear is especially important to prevent foot-related injuries for people who spend a lot of time outdoors in less-than-ideal weather conditions. New or gently used mittens are also needed as the cold sets in.
Anytime Fitness will collect the donations and United Way will distribute them to a variety of local organizations. The drive supports people in the community experiencing homelessness and those at risk.
Connolly Tate-Mitchell, marketing and communications co-ordinator for United Way of Lethbridge, said the need for these items is not just during the holidays.
“It’s important to share that need for winter clothing because things like socks and gloves doesn’t end with the Christmas season,” said Tate-Mitchell. “There’s still a need for that for the rest of the winter, and the collection at Anytime Fitness is going to help us address that second wave of need that comes after the holiday season.”
Author releases book
Local author Jenna Greene has released the third instalment of her four-part Imagine fantasy book series titled “Heritage,” which follows the two female protagonists into a new magical world for the young adult fantasy series.
Green is a Grade 6 teacher at D.A. Ferguson Middle School in Taber. The concept of the series came to her when she was in university and built her ideas from her surroundings. Developing the ideas further, she picks pieces of creative time in classes to add to her stories.
“The original concepts were when I was in university. Some of the names were inspired by roommates and other people,” says Greene. “Sometimes when we have creative writing in class I get snippets and ideas of what I might use in a future book, like an object or character trait, sometimes even what they are interested in reading can help guide me in subtle ways.”
During the start of the series, the two young girls get swept away from Earth into a fantastic realm and are told they are part of the magical heritage of this new world that they know nothing about. Along this journey of discovery, the girls must defeat an evil villain who is trying to take over. The second book deals with the aftermath of their new situation and continues into the adventure of the recently released third part.
Gift-wrapping service begins
Volunteer Lethbridge has kicked off its annual Gift Wrapping program at Park Place mall to help them raise funds for their programs which help individuals and community organizations.
“We are a volunteer centre here in the community so we support non-profits in Lethbridge with resources, support, we do things like board leadership development programs as well,” says Chelsea Eastman, event and resource development co-ordinator with Volunteer Lethbridge. “We also support individual volunteers within the community to provide positive, meaningful volunteer experiences, and this fundraiser is to help us support out programs and services.”
People can bring their gifts to the wrapping station until Dec. 24 and volunteers will wrap and decorate the presents for between $3 to $20 per gift, depending on the size of the package. Arrangements for your multi-package wrapping needs can be made by contacting the gift wrapping station.
Pot shortage affects openings
There’s good news for some, trouble for others. Five of the seven marijuana marts licensed for Lethbridge should be stocked and now open.
But the future is less certain for others, including a number of locations with “opening soon” signs downtown and across the city.
Citing its ongoing supply problem, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission announced a freeze Wednesday on all other licence applications across the province. Officials indicated the freeze could last weeks, maybe months.
That means local business operators’ plans to open stores in communities like Taber and Pincher Creek will be delayed indefinitely. And those who have signed leases for locations in Lethbridge or across the region will be paying rent but bringing in no revenue.