Bell Aliant and the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers contribute more than
$67,000 to local charities during their annual Christmas Celebration

ST. JOHN'S, Dec. 24 /CNW/ - Bell Aliant and the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers have donated over $67,000 to support 46 charities throughout Newfoundland & Labrador. The annual donations program was announced today at the Christmas celebrations at Bell Aliant.

The Christmas donation program has been a tradition for 22 years for employees and Pioneer volunteers at Bell Aliant. Representatives from a number of charities were on hand to receive their donations and were joined by Bell Aliant employees, retirees and their families.

"This is an important holiday giving tradition at Bell Aliant," said June Turpin, Regional Director, xwave, "Our employees and retirees give generously of their time and talent to many community programs throughout the year and during the holiday season, we see the fruits of their labour."

"We are very grateful for the generosity of Bell Aliant and the Bell Aliant Pioneers. Their continued support has allowed us to fund more children in recreational and leisure programs in the city," said Heather Hickman, Community Development Manager with the City of St. John's, Department of Recreation. "Bell Aliant has a strong commitment to our communities and at this time of year their support is even more appreciated."

Since 1985, Bell Aliant and the Bell Aliant Pioneers have been assisting organizations in the province carry out their work at Christmas with cash contributions, volunteer work and donations of Christmas stockings. This year the Pioneers have collected over 580 stockings filled with gifts by Bell Aliant employees. These stockings have been distributed to families in need by community based organizations across the Province.

Donations were made to the following programs and organizations:

    
    Christmas Stocking Program                   $27,810.00
    Candlelighters Association                   $ 2,000.00
    Big Brothers/Big Sisters                     $ 2,000.00
    Community Food Sharing Association           $ 6,000.00
    Brother T.I. Murphy Center                   $ 1,000.00
    Kids Eat Smart Foundation                    $11,000.00
    REAL Program                                 $ 5,000.00

    Fort Pepperall Life Members Club
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    Emmaus House - $500.00
    Choices for Youth - $1,100.00
    Gathering Place - $1,000.00
    Bridges to Hope - Fort Pepperell Life Members Club   500.00

    Gander
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    Cara House     $250.00
    Gander Academy School Breakfast Program- $250.00
    Gander Food Bank -$500.00

    Grand Falls - Windsor
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    Central NL Health Center -$250.00
    Grand-Falls Windsor Food Bank - $250.00
    Corduroy Brook Association - $250.00
    Salvation Army Windsor - Exploits Club $250.00

    Clarenville
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    Clarenville Food Bank -$200
    Bonavista Food Bank - $200
    ALS Society - $200
    Autism Society-$200
    Alzheimer Society -$200

    Springdale
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    Green Bay food Bank - $250.00
    Indian River Academy Breakfast Program -$250.00
    Baie Verte Ministerial Association - $250.00
    Salvation Army Happy Tree - $250.00

    Corner Brook
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    Sacred Heart Elementary Breakfast Program - $300.00
    Deer Lake Foodbank - $200.00
    Salvation Army Kettle Drive - $100.00
    Pasadena Ministerial Association - $200.00
    Xavier House - $300.00
    Corner Brook Firefighters Toy Drive - $300.00
    Transition House - $200.00

    Stephenville
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    Port aux Basques Ministerial Association - $200.00
    Stephenville Food Bank - $200.00
    Stephenville Sick Children - $200.00
    Salvation Army Happy Tree - $200.00
    Knights of Columbus Stephenville - $200.00

    Bay Roberts
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    KIXX Country Happy Tree -$500.00
    Salvation Army Bay Roberts - $250.00
    St. Vincent de Paul - $250.00

    Goose Bay
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    Lake Melville Food Bank - $500.00
    Labrador Friendship Center Food Bank - $500.00

    Burin Peninsula Ministerial Association - $500.00

    Northern Peninsula Ministerial Association - 500.00
    

About Bell Aliant

Bell Aliant (TSX: BA.UN) is one of North America's largest regional communications providers and an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Through its operating entities it serves customers in six Canadian provinces with innovative information, communication and technology services including voice, data, Internet, video and value-added business solutions. Through its xwave offices, Bell Aliant also provides IT professional services. Bell Aliant's employees are committed to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience.

About the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers

The Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers is the largest corporate based volunteer organization in Atlantic Canada. The close to 9,000 members is comprised of current and former Bell Aliant employees and its predecessor companies. The Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers' focus on education and technology related projects within their communities.

Over the past nine decades, the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers, along with their families, have assisted a wide variety of community service efforts. These energetic and innovative volunteers often offer their support at a moment's notice. In the past year alone, the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers fundraised over $300,000 dollars for charity and contributed over 150,000 volunteer hours to community efforts.

The work of the Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers contributes to Bell Aliant's overall community investment program.

The Bell Aliant Pioneer Volunteers are part of TelecomPioneers, the largest industry-based volunteer organization in the world. The TelecomPioneers boast nearly 620,000 men and women throughout Canada and the United States who work together to make their communities better places in which to live and work.

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SOURCE Bell Aliant Inc.

For further information: For further information: Rebecca Bell, (709) 689-8900, rebecca.bell@abellaliant.ca

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