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Editorial: Good news helping Foothills

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There has been plenty of doom-and-gloom in the news lately, including in the Okotoks Western Wheel — a COVID-19 case at a school and doctors concerned about their futures in Alberta, just to name a couple.

Fortunately, there has also been more than a smattering of good news to help the community get through these troubled times.

Okotoks and Foothills residents played a major role in Heaven Can Wait animal rescue receiving $50,000 by winning the Hope at Work contest last week.

Area residents must have had the voting line on speed dial as it racked up the most votes among the 26 non-profit groups.

It was a Toronto Raptors-like victory — Heaven Can Wait was the lone Canadian entry.

The money is key as Heaven Can Wait, like all non-profits, is trying to get through these hard COVID-19 days.

Also receiving help was Foothills Inclusion, an organization which helps families with special needs members.

It recently received more than $8,000 from 100 Women Who Care Foothills— a group that four times a year has its members donate $100 each to a worthwhile cause.

Its counterpart, 100 Men Who Give A Damn Foothills, will be choosing a charity this month to support.

Meanwhile, this upcoming weekend, motorists will participate in the Rally 4 Hospice to raise money for the Foothills Country Hospice.

It’s a bit different, and although financial expectations aren’t as high as in previous years, you can bet a healthy amount will be raised by the time the checkered flag is dropped on this event.

It’s nothing new in the Foothills. The Okotoks Food Bank is still filling its shelves thanks to the generosity of the Foothills.

That generosity is good news in these hard times.