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Deer Friends: CARSTAR Red Deer, Red Deer South raise $3,000 for local charities, food banks

Red Deer, Alberta — A pair of CARSTAR locations in Red Deer, Alta. are actively working to deliver happy holidays to their neighbours, as local media reported earlier in December that CARSTAR Red Deer and Red Deer South have collaborated to raise more than $3,000 for several community charities.

With three grand earmarked for the Red Deer Christmas Bureau and the Red Deer Food Bank, the teams of both shops also managed to load up ten hampers with supplies for families who may be financially struggling this holiday season.

“We have been committed to these initiatives for 19 years now and try to do better every year,” said owner of both CARSTAR locations, Brian Hemstreet.

The pair of Hemstreet’s businesses have managed to raise more than $37,000 for local charities since 2003, and Clayton Hermary, manager of CARSTAR Red Deer, noted that community engagement has become a part of the company culture.

“Everyone on the team is more than happy with this year’s results and are here to support the community that has supported us for all these years,” he said.

Red Deer South manager, Cory Balanoff, spoke to the difference these contributions can make during what can be considered a very difficult-to-manage time of year for many families.

“As we come into the holiday season, those in need are especially vulnerable,” he said.

“We hope that our contributions can alleviate some of the stresses brought on by this time of year and encourage others to give what they can.”

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