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Anonymous Edmonton ‘Santa’ Gives Out Poem and $250 Gift Card

It’s become trite and overplayed to point out that 2020 was hard on everyone, but it was. It was catastrophically hard on many, whether they lost lives close to them or the livelihoods that support their families. When Christmas came, many found the holiday more burden than celebration.

Edmonton, Alberta in December was looking at nearly 12 percent unemployment, after losing between 11,000 and 21,000 jobs per month from March onwards, making it one of the hardest-hit cities, economically, in Canada. So many felt very far distanced from the season of giving.

For almost 400 families, though, Santa Claus visited in the night over Christmas. Scores of households woke up to an envelope on their doorsteps. Inside was a poem, and a $250 gift card to Walmart.

“the whole world ain’t as dark as it sometimes seems / there’s light if you look for it, if you know what I mean,” says the poem, and it ends with a message exhorting that the generosity continue. “don’t need this? Please pass the baton / for that is the way, hope carries on.”

The poem were unsigned, though an email address was included. So far, the owner has not reached back to any attempts at contact, except to answer a query about why:

“I decided to do it because I know that lots of people have had a really touch year and I had the means to help out,” “Santa” answered CBC news. “I hope the gifts give people a sense that the world is good and there is a brighter future not far ahead.”

There can’t be many people capable of casually donating $100,000 to their fellow citizens. And fewer who would do so. 

“To have something like this, I mean, that’s a month of groceries for us,” said Elisha Tennant, one recipient of an envelope. Tennant was laid off in 2020 due to the pandemic. “It was just very heartwarming and touching that someone would do that.”

Source: Good News Network

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Rethink is an anti-breast cancer initiative that focuses on the under-40 crowd. Based out of Canada, Rethink is striving to “foster a new generation of young and influential breast cancer supporters; infuse sass and style into the cause; and most importantly, respond to the unique needs of young (or youngish) women going through it.”

Part of what sets Rethink apart is its fear-free campaign style. It gets the message across in a positive way; it encourages young women to be active in tracking their own health without doing so in a way that makes them afraid to talk to their doctors if they need to. It also breaks apart from the incorrect assumption that breast cancer is an “older woman’s disease,” bringing light to the fact that many young women get breast cancer every year—and that their survival rates are lower than older women’s.

Rethink believes in a low overhead cost with high impact through creative entrepreneurialism. When people donate to Rethink, 100% of that money goes toward paying for education, support and research programs. They also bring in money through corporate partner sponsorships, fundraising events, and the Fashion Targets education campaign. They provide full financial information on their website.

A glance at Rethink’s “Who We Are” page makes it no surprise that the campaigning they’ve done is targeted at women under 40. Of the thirteen bios listed on the page, only one of them is male—and all of them are young and full of passion.

As part of their latest campaign, Rethink put out a video that encourages regular monthly breast health self-examinations in three simple steps: Touch, Look, and Check, or T.L.C. The ad featured several good looking young men who are promoting the group’s award winning (and free!) Your Man Reminder App, which sends women monthly reminders to check their breasts. The app features include Hot Video Messages, Reminders, Risk Reduction, Education, Get Checked, and Man-O-Gram.