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Grandmothers Giving launches granny jar campaign

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

Granny jars have become a part of the community landscape this week as Grandmothers Giving launched its sixth annual granny jar campaign on May 1.

Funds raised from the jars will go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help grandmothers in Africa care for children who have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS.

"We're trying to help the grandmothers over there because these grandmothers are having to raise their grandchildren due to losing their own children to HIV/AIDS. It's an epidemic over there and we're trying to at least help as much as we can," said campaign chair Shiela Riendeau.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers has over 200 organizations across Canada who raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

"It goes directly to the grandmothers and it helps with the education, with feeding these children, and making a better life for them," said Riendeau.

Portagers will be able to find granny jars in many locations across town including restaurants, drug stores, and churches. There are about 30 jars around town.

For the full story see Monday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.

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