Brightening the Holidays for Flood Victims

TransCanada continues to "dream out loud" with Stephen's Backpacks Society
Dec 9, 2013 9:15 AM ET
Holiday spirit: Stephen McPhee (second from right) joined kids from the Siksika Nation and TransCanada staff on November 28 to load holiday presents for distribution to First Nations communities impacted by flooding in southern Alberta last summer.

Brightening the holidays for flood victims

“Stephen sends a huge thank you to each and every one of you,” said Nancy McPhee, mother of Stephen McPhee and director of Stephen’s Backpacks Society for Children in Need. “Words cannot express the gratitude we feel. Thank you for helping so many children in need this Christmas. How great will be the day when we can all celebrate that all children will have homes, their own beds to sleep in and new toys at Christmas!”

Stephen, an autistic boy from Airdrie, Alberta who started Stephen’s Backpacks when he was six years old in 2006, had a simple desire to help homeless children and began with sharing 15 backpacks full of toys donated by friends and family. Since then, his wish has grown to delivering over 16,000 backpacks last holiday season. It also led TransCanada employees in Calgary, Airdrie, Stettler, Brooks, Rocky Mountain House and Cranbrook to hold TransCanada’s first toy drive in support of the organization last month, and the company’s donation of a used fleet vehicle to the cause.

Learn more about how TransCanada has helped Stephen "dream out loud" and see photos from our toy drive on the TransCanada blog.