The secret to happiness.

Turning five is a special event in anyone’s life, and for her fifth birthday Braelyn had a special idea.

“She decided she wanted to do something,” said Braelyn’s aunt, Shania Pruden.

“We were talking and she doesn’t like it how some kids can’t afford new clothes for school.”

Braelyn, with her aunt Shania, made her birthday about compassion and caring for kids.

Braelyn, with her aunt Shania, made her birthday about compassion and caring for kids.

For her birthday Braelyn asked friends and family to donate items for children, and on Tuesday she showed up at United Way Winnipeg with five bags of clothes and several backpacks.

The clothes – boys and girls items for winter and summer – will go to children at a neighbourhood family centre in Winnipeg.

When asked how she felt knowing that her caring generosity will help kids and families, Braelyn thought for just a second before answering.

Happy,” she said.


A collection drive is a wonderful way to give back to our community. They can be hosted by individuals, like Braelyn, or groups of people at schools and workplaces. Clothes, school supplies, baby items, non-perishable food, household items and more are all much-needed items in our community.

To learn more about hosting a collection drive contact Melissa Burgess, United Way’s Community Involvement Manager, at (204) 924 4273 or email her at mburgess@unitedwaywinnipeg.mb.ca

Share your warmth this winter!

26 years and 178,000 warm winter items later, we’re kicking off another season of Koats for Kids!

103.1 Virgin Radio’s Chrissy Troy and CTV weather specialist Colleen Bready opened the donation season at John M. King School this morning.

Chrissy and Colleen quizzing the kids at John M. King School.

Chrissy and Colleen quizzing the kids at John M. King School.

A quick quiz of the kids showed just how many pieces of warm clothing are needed for kids to walk to school, play outside, and participate in our Winnipeg winters. Sometimes having something warm to wear makes all the difference in a child’s school attendance.

Enormous thanks to John M. King for hosting the launch, and for our partners AMJ Campbell Van Lines, Perth’s, Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service, 103.1 Virgin Radio, 99.9 BOB FM and the Winnipeg Sun. Thanks also to Modular Storage for their donation of storage units.

And we can’t forget all these generous organizations who are supporting Koats for Kids early on in the season by running collection drives at their workplaces this fall!

  • Ricoh
  • Monarch Industries
  • Dynasty Bathrooms
  • West 49 – St. Vital
  • Girl Guides of Canada
  • Hair Do Zoo

And thank you, kind Winnipeggers, for all that coats that came in to our office the past few weeks are part of the Peace Days’ Compassion Games.

You can bring your gently-used winterwear to any Perth’s or WFPS location. Large donations can be dropped off at AMJ Campbell Van Lines. Thank you for sharing your warmth!

Walk our Talk—the Winnipeg Labour Council raises awareness of domestic violence.

Brothers from the Winnipeg Labour Council walked on September 5—in high heels—to raise awareness of domestic violence. Manitoba has the second-highest rate of domestic violence against women in Canada.

The Winnipeg Labour Council walk to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The Labour Council is also collecting donations of household items to be given to our agency partner Oyate Tipi Cumini Yape, who distribute much needed home basics to women and children escaping poverty and abuse.

If you’d like to donate gently used items, contact United Way Labour Director Charlotte Prokopow until November 5, 2014.

The Winnipeg Labour Council walk to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The Winnipeg Labour Council walk to raise awareness of domestic violence.