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Safeway staff ‘adopt’ youth

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Canada Safeway staff chose Fort Frances youth William Moody Jr. as the focus of their 2007-08 “We Care” campaign.

Moody suffers from spina bifida and uses a wheelchair to get around, and fundraising efforts will go towards buying a lift for Moody’s home to better allow him to go up and down stairs to leave or enter the house.

Canada Safeway is aiming to raise $15,000 to help purchase and install the lift.

Fundraising, which will include the sale of coupon books and “top up” days at the local store, will start some time next month and carry on through June.

Keep an eye open for more information when shopping at Safeway.

The deadline to apply to be the store’s chosen charity was Nov. 6, after which time staff voted on one of six different applicants over a two-week period.

Unlike previous years, the company has changed its focus from helping basically any non-profit group to adopting a specific individual with a disability or organization dealing with persons with disabilities.

The store’s most recent adopted cause was the Riverside Foundation for Health Care’s “Just Imagine” campaign. That partnership brought in $24,131 to be used to buy a CT scanner at La Verendrye Hospital here.

Since 1998, local Safeway employees have helped raise money for the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, Friends of the Library, Fort Frances Friends of Animals, the skate park, Crime Stoppers, and the “Community Chest.”

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