February 27, 2018
Airdrie’s Kendra Varga-Reichelt knows one doesn’t have to be wealthy to make a difference.
The hardworking, busy mom runs three local businesses, but still manages to find time to give back to the community through her volunteer and fundraising efforts.
She encourages others to find ways to be involved in charity work by example.
For example, she recently created 40 ‘healing bracelets,’ raising $800 to give to a mom who had lost her son. She has also donated her time to train local unemployed dads, who can’t afford the cost of the course, in first aid to help them get back to work.
“I want to show my daughter you can give back to the community, even though you might not be able to financially,” says Varga-Reichelt.
The nominee recently started Airdrie Food Collective, which focuses on creating breakfast hampers with recipes that help recipients create healthy meals, after volunteering at the Airdrie Food Bank.
She attributes her passion for helping others to her experience being in, and escaping from, an abusive relationship.
Samantha Laycock is impressed by Varga-Reichelt’s giving spirit.
“She goes out of her way to help anyone that needs it,” says Laycock of Varga-Reichelt. “She gives and gives and gives.”
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