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Sunday , 16 January 2022

Santas ready to bring cheer this Christmas

The Community Lions of Elk Point have begun their annual Santa’s food and toy drive. The Lions collect items, then pack and distribute Christmas food hampers and gift baskets to families who are facing financial difficulties in the Elk Point area.  While the Lions spearhead the annual drive, it’s the whole community’s generosity and cooperation that make it a success.

The Lions recognize that costs are rising, and dollars don’t stretch as far as they used to, so they have decided not to send letters soliciting donations this year. However, there are many opportunities for donors to help out.

Stores and businesses downtown have set up boxes where shoppers can drop new items such as craft sets, games, puzzles and other toys, non-perishable foods, hygiene items, or baby necessities.

Cornerstone Co-op collects cash at the tills to be credited towards food hampers.

Servus Credit Union and ATB accept new toques and mitts (no scarves, please) for their Trees of Warmth.

Elk Point Elementary School encourages its students to contribute to the Santas program through classroom activities.

 

Toy drive by Protection for the Unprotected……

Community members with donations of hygiene items such as deodorant, soap, shampoo, baby wipes, hand sanitizer and toothpaste, as well as basic cleaning products like laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid.

Individuals who require assistance from Santas Anonymous must reside in the Elk Point area, must not be receiving gifts from a similar organization, and must register through FCSS at 780 724 3800 by December 10.

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