If you believe the statistics, Calgary’s economy is finally doing better.
The unemployment rate has been falling for a while and at last report was lower than it’s been for months.
Economists predict continued but mild economic growth over the next year and more.
Some of the city’s storefronts, vacated during the downturn, finally have new tenants ready and willing to do business with you.
This is all welcome news for Calgary — some light at the end of the tunnel for a city battered by a recession resulting for prolonged low crude prices.
Although it would be nice to believe rising economic tides raise all boats, this is not our first recession and it won’t be our last. We’ve all seen enough to know better.
Even when times are going exceptionally well, far too many of our neighbours are beset with financial difficulties — far too often simply the result of misfortune.
Meanwhile, there are social issues that persist in our community regardless of whether the economy is going gangbusters.
As our news stories have shown over the last few years, Calgary is not immune to the opioid crisis sweeping across the continent.
Indeed, public health data show we have the dubious honour of recording the highest concentration of opioid deaths in Alberta.
This latest scourge adds to the already long list of substances, legal and illicit, that can become the heart of an addiction problem.
For all those who’ve fallen through the cracks, the Salvation Army offers resources to help people pick themselves up, dust themselves off and carry on.
You can support these initiatives by making a donation to the Calgary Sun’s SUNshine Fund.
Every last penny contributed by you, dear readers, helps the Sally Ann pursue its longstanding charitable efforts in the community.
These include emergency food hampers and supplies for families, a food-sharing program and a supply of winter coats for those who can’t afford one.
For those who are looking for work, there are support services to help people with resumé writing and job searching.
For men seeking to escape substance abuse, the Salvation Army offers a residential program tailored to their needs.
Those are just a few examples of the Sally Ann’s extensive social services — services made possible in part by your support.
The amount matters not. What does, is offering helping hand to your neighbours however you can.
Donations to the SUNshine Fund are accepted through electronic payment on our website. Cheques can also be mailed c/o The Calgary Sun, 2615, 12 St. N.E., Calgary, T2E 7W9.
Please give to the SUNshine Fund and help the Salvation Army bring some light to the end of someone’s tunnel.
Many thanks for your generosity this Christmas and best wishes of the season to you and yours.
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