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Each year, the Herald chooses charities to support through the Christmas Fund and, in touring those charities, I had the opportunity to step into the lived experiences of many struggling Calgarians.
At the Calgary Food Bank, Community Kitchen and Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids, I saw firsthand what goes into feeding Calgarians who are food insecure. I walked the halls of the Dream Centre and toured the floors of the Calgary Drop-In Centre. I spoke directly to facilitators at Fresh Start Recovery Centre. I will never forget my tour of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter.
These visits opened my eyes to how we can show compassion for others. Everything from dropping off food at the food bank or essential items at a shelter, making a donation, or sharing homemade snowflakes at a senior’s residence. There are people everywhere who need compassion. When you help one, you help many.
Congratulations to the Calgary Herald on 30 years of manifesting compassion in our community through the Christmas Fund.
Erin Leggett, Calgary
Humans have responsibility to look after one another
Please help me understand. Yes, our Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees a myriad of freedoms in normal times. In extraordinary times, the government may impose some limitations.
Do those Albertans, who have been attending anti-masking rallies, have family and friends over 60 or with health issues? Who own or work in small businesses? Who work in the health-care system? Do they have children attending elementary schools? Are they expecting to be cared for in our hospitals if they or their loved ones fall ill for whatever reason? Do they wear seatbelts? Do they enjoy our smoke-free indoor environments? Would these Albertans have closed their black out curtains during the blitz on London in the Second World War?
As human beings, we have the responsibility to look out for one another. This may mean a shrinking of our rights at times. Please look outward and think about your neighbours.
Sara Cross, Calgary