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Young Enteprenuer Helps the Food Bank While Reducing Traffic Stress

 

Wetaskiwin, AB –  A young girl in Wetaskiwin felt bad for her parents who, like many others in this city, were stressed by the traffic congestion caused by road construction in the downtown core. A 9 year old girl with a kind heart, Megan Oscar one day decided to design something that would help both her parents deal with their driving frustrations: she built a little stress ball with some tissue stuffed into a balloon. 
When her parents found this item, with a happy faced drawn on it, they thought it was quite clever! They went on a search for a manufacturer to mass produce some ‘stress balls’, and unfortunately could not find one in Canada. They found one in the States however, and suggested an image that would represent their city to be printed on the ball.
So, the “Wetaskiwin Roads Stress Ball” was born, a white ball with a blue water tower on it, and “I Love (heart) Wetaskiwin” in blue and red ink. Out of a young girl’s caring and ‘inspired’ gesture and her parents’ support, a large quantity of stress balls found their way into the Oscar household: to further their daughter’s kind gesture, they decided that the stress balls’ sale could benefit the Wetaskiwin Food Bank.
The search for a point of sale had barely begun when a friend suggested they should contact the Wetaskiwin & District Chamber of Commerce. A meeting took place between Kim Oscar, her daughter Megan and Alan Greene, Chamber manager, and the deal was closed promptly, without a fuss: a dynamic Chamber manager saw the potential of these items, and purchased a small quantity of them, to be added to the collection of souvenir items displayed in the Chamber office and Tourist Information Centre, located right across the Water Tower.  So, the stress balls can be purchased from this location, with a $3 price tag.
Alan Greene is quite pleased with this acquisition and the fact that it will benefit the Food Bank (slowly but surely, one little ball at a a time) he shared that ‘he is particularly thrilled that this great item was created by one of our City’s youngest citizens, and that the Wetaskiwin Roads Stress Ball will be added to the Chamber’s collection of attractive souvenirs’.
The team at the Pipestone Flyer office was so impressed with this unique item, designed by such a young lady to benefit such a worthy cause, that it also decided to get on board: so, as you drive to or from  Wetaskiwin via Highway 2, or if you're visiting the pretty little Town of Millet, you can stop by the Pipestone Flyer Office on Hwy2 (near the Town Office, a pretty sage coloured building with green trim. Pop in and say “hello”. We are open weekdays ‘til 5:30 pm), and purchase some little stress balls for the rest of your commute, and to support the Wetaskiwin Food Bank. 
Not that there is a lot of pressure in the newspaper business, but each Flyer team member now has their own stress ball on their desks! 
 
Well, done, Miss Oscar! 
 
 
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