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.”

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

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