Canadian Tire stores helping to bring Cheer

Winnipeg outlets gladly donate $36,000 to Free Press Xmas fundraiser


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Canadian Tire says in its advertisements it has everything you would need for the holidays — but it also helps give everything the hungry in our community would need for the holiday.

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Canadian Tire says in its advertisements it has everything you would need for the holidays — but it also helps give everything the hungry in our community would need for the holiday.

Six local Canadian Tire stores have banded together this year to donate money to the Christmas Cheer Board through the Free Press’ Miracle on Mountain fundraiser. (Don’t worry — the seventh store in Winnipeg isn’t a Grinch. It donates directly to the Cheer Board.)

The donors

A complete list of the donors to Miracle on Mountain

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Linda Grayston and Bob Worboys, volunteers with the Christmas Cheer Board drop by the Winnipeg Free Press to pick up presents donated to the Miracle on Mountain charity. The unwrapped toys will be put into hampers for Christmas.

Canadian Tire Corp., $36,000

Paul’s Hauling employees, $1,500

In memory of Earle & Sadie Preston, $500

In memory of Heather Swain, $175

In memory of Betty & Stewart, $100

Matt & Alice Kuczer, $100

In memory of Neil, $50

In memory of Terry Morrow, $100

In memory of Grant Holmes, $100

Reuben & Beatrice Priddle, $40

Janet Norris, $100

Claudia & Jonathan Schmidt, $25

Ronald W Buffie, $50

Jean & Janice Souque, $50

Patricia & George Robb, $100

In memory of Alex Logan, $100

WFP editorial department book sale, $1,372

Dakota Collegiate, $1,482.75

WFP editorial Bring Your Dogs to Work program, $70.95

In memory of Alexander Logie, $100

In memory of Fred Russin, $200

Anne & Edward Faseruk, $50

Mabel Smith, $100

Judy & Calvin Caughlin, $100

In memory of Scott & Doug McRorie, $100

Grand Trunk Nostalgia Club Inc, $1,000

In memory of Cooper Nemeth, $100

Lorne & Dixie Joyce Dawydiuk, $20

In memory of Norman & Buelah Woodcock, $300

In memory of Joe & Irma Arthurs, Ed Hilditch and Ron Bell, $400

In memory of Gordon & Barry Johnson, $100

Dorothy Brand, $75

Linus Endacott, $30

In memory of Mary Pawlosky, Johann & Ella Franz and Amalie Rupp, $200

In memory of Bruce Robinson, $200

Manitoba Metis Federation Inc., $5,000

Wes & Christine Schollenberg, $100

Lori Ranta-Rodrigues & Tony Rodrigues, $100

Brenda & Ray Crabbe, $100

Deanna Muller, $50

Ted Foreman, $100

Anny & Hugo Veldhuis, $120

Verna McEwen, $100

Robert & Miriam Whitely, $50

Robert & Sheila Cassie, $100

Ron & Joanne Kuhtey, $250

Joanne Heshka, $25

Ruth Moskal, $50

Walter & Eugenia Sahan, $50

M Elaine Dale, $25

T. Kent Morgan, $25

In memory of Trevor & Maisie Morgan, $25

In memory of Jim Gilroy, $20

In memory of Touring All-Stars we have lost, $20

In memory of Softball’s Vic Pidhirny, $20

In memory of Softball’s Cam Bouchard & Grant Riddell, $20

In memory of Kristen Howand, $10

In memory of Mike Burstow, $20

In memory of Danny Talnicoff, $20

In memory of Michael Park, $10

In memory of Jim Bernice, Murray, Joanne & Betty Guild, $30

In memory of Doris Millman, Frances Bowles, Elaine & David Wiebe, $30

Arlene Jones, $25

In memory of Phyllis Turnbull, $100

In memory of Lee Newton (founder of Wpg Harvest), $50

In memory of William & Charles Morrison, $250

Elizabeth McFarlane, $50

Marilyn Thompson, $500

The Knights of the Round Table, $210

Edith & Tom Checkley, $25

Gerry & Deborah Spindler, $100

Anne & Ross McIntyre, $50

In memory of Bob & Edith Turner, $25

In memory of Frank & Eilee Jones, $25

Gordon & Mildred Mills, $50

Donna Carruthers, $150

Roy & Virginia Johnson, $50

Roderick Feller, $100

Donalda Joan Hanke, $100

Deer Lodge Past, $50

Norwood Rebekah Lodge No. 42, $160

In memory of Mike O’Hara, $100

In memory of Kelsey Ann King, $113

Brenda & James Smith, $75

In memory of Sylvia Luba, $100

Margaret Morse, $200

Esther Klassen, $25

Kimberley & Robert Ranson, $25

Allan & Deborah Crump, $100

Norma Thofkelsson, $30

Geraldine Thorsteinson, $50

Robert Harder, $300

Russell Rosen, $50

Pamela Johnson, $50

Carol Cox, $100

Doreen Mork, $100

Carol Doerksen, $200

In memory of Lynne Pearson, $500

Bev Schubert, $500

In memory of Des Robinson, $100

Frank Mazur, $100

In memory of Fred Anderson, $100

In memory of Ann & Pete Lysy-Charle and Louise Allard, $150

Randall Hansford, $200

Denise Gagne, $20

Joan Porteous, $25

Lynn Kulbaba, $30

Marilyn McMullan, $50

Hank Krueger, $100

Robert Alison and Bob Darling, $100

In memory of Bruce T. Barr, $100

Craig and Mary Fardoe, $100

Pat Pollock, $100

Art and Allison Pearson, $100

In memory of John, Phyllis & Jack Scott and Mary & Lorky Holowka, $250

Donna Strang, $100

In memory of Elizabeth, Kathleen & Finley Scaife, $300

Lorraine E. Wagner, $50

Anonymous – 12 donations, $1,805

Today’s total: $54,378.70

Previous total: $26,974.60

Grand total: $81,353.30

The six stores (157 Vermillion Rd., 2305 McPhillips St., 3615 Portage Ave., 1080 Grant Ave., 1711 Kenaston Blvd., and 750 St. James St.) have donated $3,000 apiece to our fundraiser and — with a little seasonal magic — the donations have been matched by the Canadian Tire Corp. to bring the total tally to $36,000.

And, yes, if you’re wondering, that’s a lot of hampers.

How many? Well, the Cheer Board’s chief elf, Kai Madsen, says hampers can range from costing $60 for a single to $250 for a family of six or eight.

That means the generosity of Canadian Tire this year alone has sent 600 hampers to single people who need it. Or, at the high end, the retailer’s local stores have provided 144 hampers to a family of up to eight people.

That’s not all.

Whether it’s through our Miracle on Mountain campaign, or our earlier campaigns of Spirit of Christmas and Pennies from Heaven, the Canadian Tire stores have been donating collectively since 1998. In the past decade, they’ve rung up an astounding total of $282,000.

Once again, we’ll do the math: that’s 4,700 hampers to single people or 1,128 for a family of six or eight.

“They’ve certainly helped us with a lot of hampers,” Madsen said this week. “They’re one of our largest consistent donors.

“Without folks like Canadian Tire, we’d be out of business. But we’re also thankful to the nice person that gives us $20 or $50. Everything helps.”

Jay Crowley, owner of the Vermillion Road store, and Darren Rezansoff, owner of the Kenaston Boulevard store, say the generosity is not tied to wanting any free advertising. (Full disclosure: the Free Press came up with the idea of showcasing the donations in this column.)

“The Christmas Cheer Board melds the hampers with the toys. They put the joy in. Kai and his team have just been incredible. We’ll do this forever,” Crowley said.

“You have to give back to the community,” Rezansoff said. “And the easiest way to give back is to give to the charities that help the most. It’s an annual gift to the Cheer Board. It’s just our way of giving back.”

So the next time you’re in a Canadian Tire store and see an employee with a red shirt, you might want to tell them thanks.

Because, when it gets down to it, sometimes it’s not just Santa who wears red and brings joy to people.


Meanwhile, elves popped into the Free Press this week — but they weren’t from the North Pole.

These elves were from the Christmas Cheer Board and they came to pick up the pile of toys put under our Miracle on Mountain campaign Christmas tree by generous schools and classrooms — as well as by readers.

Whether it was stuffed animals or a Lego set with a Star Wars theme, the toys will thrill some girl or boy out there. So will the turkey dinner with all the fixings that comes in the hamper. We thank all who helped us fill the space beneath our tree.

Kevin Rollason

Kevin Rollason

Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.

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