Alzheimer book sale slated next week

In a continuation of its fundraising efforts, the Kenora-Rainy River branch of the Alzheimer Society of Canada is holding a book sale here Feb. 10-12.
And organizers still are looking for more people to donate books to the fundraiser, which takes place at Revco Carpet (950 Fifth St. W.)
“We’ve certainly had some donations, but I think we need more,” said Margaret Schonewille, executive director of the local Alzheimer Society.
“The more you have, the better it is,” she added.
Anyone looking to donate books for the sale either can drop them off at Revco during business hours or contact Cheryl McCallum at 275-5003, who will come to your home and pick them up.
The book sale will take place next Thursday and Friday (Feb. 10-11) from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and again Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Schonewille said the public can drop by the store during those hours, fill a bag with books, and make a donation to the Alzheimer Society.
“If your budget’s tight, don’t worry, come on out,” she urged, adding there should be something for everyone in the selection of books up for sale.
A similar book sale in Kenora last month brought in $1,770.
In related news, the local branch of the Alzheimer Society again is encouraging all area businesses to take it easy for “Stress Down Friday” on Friday, Feb. 25—and donate the proceeds.
Information packages for the annual fundraiser are being sent out this week to businesses in both districts.
Participants pay just $2 to take part in the event, in which everyone gets to enjoy a stress-free start to their weekends, said Schonewille.
The “stress down” day not only is a chance to raise money for the Alzheimer Society, but to raise awareness of stress-related memory loss.
How the day will be “stress-free” will be determined by each workplace—the point is to have a little fun. Some suggestions to do this include:
•choosing a theme and dressing accordingly;
•organizing a five-minute mini-exercise class;
•enjoying a head and shoulder massage;
•going out for lunch or after-work drinks;
•taking your break at a different time; or
•playing relaxing music while you work.
Even if the boss just decides to bring in doughnuts for everyone that day, that counts, noted Schonewille.
To register your business, contact the Alzheimer Society at 1-807-468-1516 or 1-800-682-0245.
A package will be sent to all hosts to assist them with this event.

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