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Canadian Red Cross Friendly Phone program helps isolated senior ease pain of loss

WARNING: This story includes mention of a death by suicide.

Ayden Walter is a registered nurse. She’s a newcomer to Regina and was looking to make connections in her community when she discovered the Friendly Phone program on the Canadian Red Cross website.

'Tis the Season for Tax Savings

Difficult times like these allow us to take stock in what’s most important to us like family, friends, safety and health. It’s during these times of reflection and appreciation that many Canadians decide to share their good fortune with others by supporting causes close to their heart through a charitable donation. Here's how to have the most financial impact for you come tax time.

“Make art. Be well.” Using art to help people with mental health issues thrive during COVID-19

MAC is a non-profit organization based out of Burnaby, British Columbia, that aims to empower people to explore their artistic potential while on their journey to mental health wellness. Like many organizations across the country, My Artist’s Corner has not been immune to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Hear from those working to end gender-based violence

From November 25 to December 10, we mark 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This is a time when we shine a light on gender-based violence happening in our communities and around the world – as well as the work being done to put an end to it.
 

Helping seniors stay connected

Long before the pandemic, François had an idea: introducing seniors to the use of tablet computers and the Internet to enable them to stay in touch with their family and friends, renew their prescriptions at the pharmacy, and much more. Then came the pandemic with its lockdowns and physical distancing. Instantly, the needs of seniors became much more urgent.

Community grant helps keep the doors open in Nova Scotia during pandemic

When residents in the Shelburne area of Nova Scotia need support paying for vital necessities like medications, eyeglasses, medical equipment or food, the Shelburne and Area Lions Club steps up to help.
However, due to COVID-19, the Club had to close its doors and community members who relied on them for help had to search for alternatives. Now, with the Club reopening, there are several unforeseen expenses as they try to adhere to new health and safety protocols.

5 tips to fight seasonal depression

The last months have been trying for many of us, and there’s every indication that this stressful time is not over yet. With winter at our doorstep, are you among many people who are feeling low on enthusiasm and energy? If so, you may be suffering from seasonal depression. Here are some tips to keep your spirits up during these difficult times.

Drop-in program builds social connections for seniors during COVID-19

Seniors, who are among those at greatest risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, have found many of their facilities closed and programs cancelled during the pandemic. After 108 days in self-isolation, 75-year-old James Burgess decided to take action and assist his community on the south shore of Montréal by applying for a grant from the Canadian Red Cross.

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