A Burning Desire for Dignity

by Prairie
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Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Fire Fighters have a burning desire to support Youth in our community striving for personal dignity. This month they are joining forces with The Salvation Army Thrift Stores and Scotiabank to collect pennies in support of The Salvation Army Weetamah Centre’s “Dignity Makes Cents” campaign. Weetamah has set a goal to raise 1 Million Pennies ($10,000) to recycle into healthy lunches for students in the downtown core.

“Winnipeg Fire Fighters, active and retired, have joined The Salvation Army to say they, too, have a burning desire for dignity in our community. We are extremely grateful that they have come along side and offered to help us raise the necessary funds provide a nutritional and healthy meal to many students who would not otherwise have access,” states Mark Young, Ministry Director – Weetamah Centre, “Proper nutrition strengthens the cognitive and motor functions of students. Donations made to this campaign will ensure we are able to give students the necessary fuel to succeed in their studies.”

Retired Fire Fighter, Ellert Wattis, has been volunteering at The Salvation Army Weetamah Centre for 9 years. During the past year he has been cooking meals for the after school homework clubs.

“It’s a great feeling seeing the difference a good meal makes for a child. Having energy to focus on their studies, grow their minds and strengthen their bodies’ mean they are being given the tools they need to learn and succeed,” explains Wattis, “I am very happy to be a part of making a positive change in the lives of the youth in our community.”

The Salvation Army, Scotiabank and Winnipeg Fire Fighters invite you to bring your donations to any of the following locations:

  • The Salvation Army Weetamah Centre – 324 Logan Avenue;
  • The Salvation Army Public Relations Department – 203-290 Vaughan Street;
  • Any Salvation Army Thrift Store;
  • Scotiabank – 1091 St. Mary’s Road (Dakota Village Shopping Centre);
  • Scotiabank – 1150 Nairn Avenue (Nairn and Panet);
  • Scotiabank – 843 Leila Avenue (Garden City Square);
  • Scotiabank – 3247 Portage Avenue, Kirkfield Park (Portage and Vimy);
  • Scotiabank – 1485 Portage Avenue (Polo Park Shopping Centre);
  • Scotiabank – 200 Portage Avenue (Main Branch – Winnipeg Square);
  • No. 1 Fire Station – 65 Ellen Street;
  • No. 2 Fire Station – 55 Watt Street;
  • No. 3 Fire Station – 337 Des Meurons Street;
  • No. 4 Fire Station – 150 Osborne Street;
  • No. 5 Fire Station – 845 Sargent Avenue;
  • No. 6 Fire Station – 603 Redwood Avenue;
  • No. 7 Fire Station – 10 Allan Blye Drive;
  • No. 8 Fire Station – 640 Kimberley Avenue;
  • No. 9 Fire Station – 864 Marion Street;
  • No. 10 Fire Station – 1354 Border Street;
  • No. 11 Fire Station – 200 Berry Street;
  • No. 12 Fire Station – 1710 Grosvenor Avenue;
  • No. 13 Fire Station – 799 Lilac Street;
  • No. 14 Fire Station – 1057 St. Mary’s Road;
  • No. 15 Fire Station – 1083 Autumnwood Drive;
  • No. 16 Fire Station – 1001 McGregor Street;
  • No. 17 Fire Station – 1501 Church Avenue;
  • No. 18 Fire Station – 5000 Roblin Boulevard;
  • No. 19 Fire Station – 320 Whytewold Road;
  • No. 20 Fire Station – 525 Banting Drive;
  • No. 21 Fire Station – 1446 Regent Avenue W.;
  • No. 22 Fire Station – 1567 Waverley Street;
  • No. 23 Fire Station – 880 Dalhousie Drive;
  • No. 24 Fire Station – 1665 Rothesay Street;
  • No. 25 Fire Station – 701 Day Street;
  • No. 26 Fire Station – 1525 Dakota Street.

Donations can also be made by telephone. Please call The Salvation Army at (204) 975-1033 to help Dignity Make Cents and Give Hope Today.