Continued Support for Red Deer’s Vulnerable

Continued Support for Red Deer’s Vulnerable

February 1, 2023 10:00 MDT

Turning Point Society clients benefit from winter donations collected by local changemaker.

RED DEER, ALBERTA, Feb. 1, 2023 — The Red Deer-based youth and her mother, Nicki Monilaws, surprised Turning Point Society staff on Monday, January 30, with a car-load of hand warmers and other cold-weather essentials to support vulnerable Central Albertans in the new year.

“This donation really came at the best possible moment,” said Turning Point Society Program Manager, Aisley Miles, adding that the organization has seen fewer donations since the holiday season.

“These winter months are hard for many of us, but especially for those already facing heightened vulnerability, whether from a lack of housing, a toxic-drug supply, or something else,” said Miles. “Anything we can do to show compassion and to help minimize associated risks year-round has the power to have a lasting impact.

“We’re fortunate to have Jayda and Nicki leading donation initiatives like this within the community.”

The duo have helped orchestrate several fundraisers and donation drives over the years and were recognized within TD Bank’s #TDThankYou campaign in 2021 for sparking positive change in Alberta.

Jayda said she considers herself lucky for the outpouring of support shown by friends, family, and community members for helping to bring her initiatives to life. “There is always time to extend kindness and help towards others, and [the community] is always willing to help me gather donations for our most vulnerable populations,” said Jayda.

“We are truly blown away with the huge hearts that our community has, and how willing people are to help Jayda with her donation drives,” said Nicki, adding that Jayda is already making plans for her next donation drive. “She is hoping to collect $5 gift cards, gently used backpacks, and non-perishable snacks in the spring.”