Charity by the pound


It’s the end of the garage sale season and Sidekicks Mentoring is hoping to help people clear out their personal discount tables while giving them a bit of a unique charity boost.

The local community organization has teamed up with Value Village in North Edmonton. The second hand goods store will pay back a percentage for the donations made in Sidekicks’ name for one day only: next Saturday.

“What they call it is a FUNDrive,” explained program manager Lorraine Gerling. “It’s kind of a collection of stuff that people don’t really want any more and would like to get rid of, purging their house, that type of thing. We collect it and then bring it as a bunch to the Value Village, which basically pays us per pound. That’s straight profit for Sidekicks.”

Types of donations include clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, accessories, CDs, DVDs, books, electrical items, toys and games, kitchen items, knick-knacks, and sporting goods. Please make sure that all items are in good, clean shape before dropping them off. Please don’t bring furniture.

The agency matches community volunteers to children aged 6 to 16. It has the double benefit of getting these children some positive mentors and role models in their lives while giving adult volunteers the chance to hang with some amazing kids who would really appreciate their time and friendship.

The proceeds of the FUNDrive will go to support Sidekicks’ Family Christmas Event, an annual tradition offered to all mentors and child clients to have one big party together.

People can make their contributions at Sidekicks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 21. It’s located at #10, 215 Carnegie Dr., in the same office as the St. Albert Community Information and Volunteer Centre. Call 780-459-6666 or visit for more information.

Cujo in town for Sturgeon’s sake

He was one of the best goalies that the Edmonton Oilers have ever seen. Many people still consider themselves fans of Curtis Joseph, casually known as Cujo. They must be thrilled at the opportunity to meet the man himself tomorrow during a special fun-filled afternoon at the St. Albert Retirement Residence.

There will be activities including photo opportunities and autographs, plus a raffle for an autographed jersey and an Oilers Game Day experience including tickets. There will also be an interactive event where a representative of the Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation will take some shots on net and every puck that makes it past Cujo means a donation to the organization.

Attendance is free but donations will be accepted. All proceeds will go to the foundation. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with the event running from 2 to 3:30 p.m.

The residence is located at 125 Everitt Dr. N. Call 780-569-2273 or visit for more information.

School charity fair

Sturgeon Heights School is having a Country Fair from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

It’s open to the public. The entry fee is $10 per family with many activities including crafts, a cake walk, door prizes, obstacle course, weenie roast, and a 50/50 draw. Anyone is welcome to attend. All proceeds go to support the Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

The school’s Leadership Class will also be accepting food bank donations at the door.

In preparation for the event, the school is still hoping to receive donations of the following items: rocket candy, mini packages of raisins, hot chocolate mix, condiments, cans of icing, marshmallows, liquid face paints, ballpit balls, and any items for the prize draws. Tax receipts are available for any cash donations of $25 or more.

Sturgeon Heights is located at 50 Hogan Rd. Call 780-459-3990 for more information.


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Scott Hayes

Scott Hayes joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2008. Scott writes about the arts, entertainment, movies, culture, community groups, and charities. He also writes general news, features, columns and profiles on people.