The River Ridge Seniors Community Centre is once again hosting a blooming spring sale. The residents of the Mission Hill complex are selling different varieties of plants and flowers to benefit the local Salvation Army.
Co-organizer Iris Duchscher stated that it was so successful last year the community centre is trying to make it an annual affair.
"Just on that one day we got $1,100 for the Salvation Army. This year we wanted to repeat that same sale with the same grower which is Robin's Greenhouses."
For $15 each, people can choose from geraniums, petunias, begonias and many more.
This year it's happening on two dates. The first sale took place last week and the next one occurs on Thursday, May 21 starting at 9 a.m. Duchscher encouraged people to make it their first stop that day. She said that she was confident of a sell out.
The event takes place in the parking lot at River Ridge, located at 78c McKenney Avenue. Call 780-470-3700 for more information.
Catholic Women's League furnishes room
Thanks to the success of last November's bazaar, the Holy Family Catholic Women's League is ready to hand over a big cheque to the Youville Home. The money will be used to furnish a room for one of the centre's 162 residents.
The league's president, Astrid Casavant, explained the group of 130 members had $2,000 in charitable funds to start with last year. The council decided to donate it to the care centre as part of a larger effort that required $3,000 more. The care centre gave the members plenty of time to find the rest. As it turned out, they only needed a few extra months.
"The Youville Home gives you approximately five years to do so. The cost of this project is $5,000 and we were given a period of five years to complete this donation," she explained. "As we had the money this year we decided to complete our commitment to furnishing the room."
The presentation has not yet been scheduled but Casavant hopes that the time will come soon.
The league also supports other local charities including the St. Albert Food Bank and the Stop Abuse in Families Society. For more information about the women's league or the St. Albert Parish in general, visit www.stalbertparish.ca.