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Watch for Maryland Bridge angels

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IF you're driving over the Maryland Bridge this week be prepared for a heavenly experience.

Volunteers dressed in angel gowns complete with halos and wings will be on the bridge today, Wednesday and Thursday collecting donations during the morning commute. The money raised will go to the Misericordia Health Centre Foundation (MHCF). Drivers who donate will be treated to coffee, a pastry and a copy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Tara Woligrocki, resident care manager at Misericordia Health Centre, has been waving at cars with a halo on her head for the past five years. She said the experience has been great despite cold weather and strange looks from drivers.

"It shocks some people to see us because they're not really aware of what's going on," Woligrocki said. But after years on the bridge Woligrocki said drivers are starting to become more familiar with the display. "It's just really nice to see the community support us."

The "Angel Squad" is hoping to raise $60,000 to replace chairs and bedside tables for at least 50 residents in Misericordia Health Centre's interim-care unit.

The new amenities are a needed update in the unit which houses over 100 residents waiting to move into a personal care home.

Residents can be in the Centre's interim-care unit for months before moving into a home, and the new chairs and bedside tables will be an added comfort for the duration of their stay.

The Angel Squad will be collecting donations today between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. at Shaftesbury Park Retirement Residence and Seine River Retirement Residence.

On Wednesday, the Angels will be at the Starbucks at 201 Portage and Winnipeg Square. The Sisters of the Holy Rock will be carolling there from 7:30 to 8 a.m.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition December 3, 2013 A5

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