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Top stories of 2021: our year in review

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Despite it all, this year brought about inspiring and touching stories that resonated with our readers. We looked at the most popular stories from 2021 and brought them together for us to enjoy again as we end 2021.

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Welcome to Canadian winter: After the winter storm

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The blizzard has finally passed. The ice storm has stopped raging. Your home is snowed in and the power is out, though thankfully your household members are safely inside. For many newcomers, the aftermath of a winter emergency requires a safe and strategic approach, including advanced planning.

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Restoring Family Links program helps bring closure and healing

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When Cristina Austin asked for the Canadian Red Cross’ assistance in January 2020, she had just one question: “What happened to my grandfather?” A first generation Canadian, born to German immigrants who arrived in Montreal in the early 1960s, Cristina was inspired to look into her family history for many reasons.

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Honda Canada gives back with Friendly Calls program

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Human beings are social creatures, so when someone feels disconnected from that, it can really take a toll on their mental wellbeing. This is where the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls Program comes in. It helps people to feel that connection and reminds us that we are all in this together.

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Volunteering during a pandemic, Baxter Canada supports Toronto Mobile Food Bank

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Baxter Canada has supported Canadian Red Cross programs for years, helping Canadians when they need it the most, and, despite a global pandemic, has continued to provide support to several programs, including the Mobile Food Bank. Baxter has maintained a steady roster of volunteers during the COVID-19 pandemic when volunteer support was limited.

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Calgary Humane Society: Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! Program

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"It was fast and painless. Took at most 15 minutes. Provided peace of mind that I was not asymptomatic and potentially spreading the virus."
That is how one staff member with Calgary Humane Society (CHS) described their experience taking a COVID-19 rapid antigen test as part of the Canadian Red Cross Stop the Spread and Stay Safe! program.

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Aviva Asset Mapping: helping older adults navigate community resources, stay connected

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Navigating the health care system and available community health resources can be tricky. Recognizing this, the Canadian Red Cross has created a program to make it easier for older adults, their caregivers, and families.

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Leaving a lasting impression with Canadian Red Cross Legacy Giving

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What will your legacy be? It’s a question you may not have asked yourself before. In fact, you may not have thought about the possibility of making a future difference through your Will.
Canadian Red Cross Legacy Giving Director, Gina Baillie, helps answer some of your most-asked questions about the process.

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