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Friendly Call program brings Canadians together

Could a simple phone call be the cure for loneliness? Loneliness is of course a complex state of being, but many isolated Canadians are finding reprieve from the often overwhelming feeling through friendly phone calls. Although one phone call may not offer a cure, participants in the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Call Program are finding it does open the door to conversation, friendship, and mutual respect. 

Community grant supports immigrant families with school supplies and more during COVID-19

The Horn Youth Services Foundation in Edmonton, Alberta knew it had to find a way to support its community. “Like the rest of Canada, domestic violence is increasing in our community due to COVID-19,” said Khadar Jama, KULAN’s executive director. 
 KULAN successfully applied to the Canadian Red Cross and is now able to continue its programming for high-risk and low-income families.

Baker Lake Prenatal Nutrition Project: supporting new mothers in Nunavut for 25 years

The Baker Lake Prenatal Nutrition Project has been supporting new mothers and mothers-to-be in the remote Inuit community of Nunavut for 25 years. When the COVID-19 pandemic was declared in the spring of 2020, prenatal and postnatal classes had to be put on hold, but the Project wanted to continue distributing food hampers.
“The cost of food is so expensive, especially the fruits and vegetables. This is where we try to focus.”

Art in hard times – Young artists use creativity to cope with COVID-19

Recognizing the increased need for mental health support during the pandemic, Art Not Shame successfully applied to the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund administered by the Canadian Red Cross and launched “The Mural Project: Art in Hard Times” in the summer of 2020.

Responding to COVID-19 around the world, part 3

As COVID-19 cases soar in many countries, the dreaded ‘second wave’ seems to be upon us. Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies across the globe have never stopped working to provide support during this ongoing crisis and remain on the frontlines of the pandemic response. As needs and information change, here are some examples of how the Red Cross is adapting our work to meet these new realities.

Shawn De Lierre: from professional squash player to Canadian Red Cross support aide

Like many people this year, Shawn De Lierre saw his daily life change pretty drastically. The professional squash player traded his racquet and sportswear for a mask and gown to assist the staff and residents at various living facilities in Quebec, including long-term care (LTC) homes.

Helping to keep Black communities fed during COVID-19

For some families in Montreal, the African Canadian Development and Prevention Network (ACDPN) is the difference between having a substantial meal or going without. Beyond food, ACDPN provides connection – however, with the COVID-19 pandemic, the group had to adapt how it connects with its communities.

Red Cross connects with First Nations youth through art

Bored and isolated, who hasn’t struggled with those feelings in the last nine months? And then a package arrives in your community. It’s filled with stress relief strategies, positive messages, and a fun-filled afternoon of creation and expression. The Canadian Red Cross really knows how to pack a box!

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