Homeless Calgarians help sick kids with bottle money

Some homeless Calgarians are living proof that we all have it in us to give – especially at this time of the year.

They took a year’s worth of earnings from cans and bottles collected at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre to help sick kids.

“We decided that anything that would help make their life a little lighter, a little happier, we wanted to donate to that,” Tim Buckingham, a homeless client who lives at the Drop-In Centre, said.

On Friday they presented a cheque for $1,000 to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

“What a great Christmas story,” foundation spokesperson Susan Gordon said.

The homeless group also donated toys and four brand-new TVs to be used in treatment rooms at the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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They previously used the proceeds from bottles and cans to pay for social events and special occasions at the Drop-In Centre, but now the money goes to help brighten the lives of sick children.

“There’s not a better gift than a smile on a child’s face, and that’s what makes it worthwhile,” Charles Grant, a Drop-In Centre client, said.

Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre. Global News

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