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Wednesday , 19 January 2022

BCHS Santa’s Elves wrap close to 2000 gifts for less fortunate children

Throughout the Christmas season, there are many struggling families in Bonnyville that have trouble purchasing gifts for their loved ones.

BCHS doesn’t want to see any child empty-handed during Christmas and they held their Santa’s Elves wrapping get-together on Tuesday, December 14, to make sure at least 400 children get something on Christmas morning.

Mark Centazzo is the Principal of BCHS.

“The Santa’s Elves program ended up putting gift bundles together for over 400 children in the Bonnyville area,” Centazzo told Lakeland Connect. “Each child gets multiple gifts, so we’ve put the number at or close to 2000 Gifts.”

Centazzo says, “It was a terrific day” as students of BCHS and staff did a fantastic job of getting everything ready.

Centazzo would like to thank the NLPS Maintenance Department for their help in getting the gifts from the school over to the Knights of Columbus after all the items were wrapped.

Last year due to COVID-19 the bags of toys and gifts were replaced by gift cards that were purchased with monetary donations from the community and local businesses. The program again helped over 400 children at Christmas.

It is only through the generosity and diligent contributions of staff, students, and the community in the Bonnyville area that makes this endeavor possible, Centazzo says.
“By supporting BCHS Santa’s Elves, the community is helping ensure that our local children can celebrate Christmas,” Centazzo said. “Toys and gifts were collected at Ducharme Motors, The Red Apple, and at BCHS.”

Nicole Garner is the Communications Officer for NLPS.

“Our students don’t need much encouragement to lend a hand and contribute in our communities,” Garner told Lakeland Connect. “Whether it’s helping shovel on a snowy day or collecting toys through the Santa’s Elves program, our BCHS students are always finding ways to give back to the community and help people in need.”

About Arthur C. Green

Arthur C. Green is an award winning journalist and is from Whitbourne Newfoundland. Green graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked for such organizations as CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire, Great West Media, CKLB Radio, River Radio, Vista Radio, and Postmedia. He also loves Jiggs Dinner and can fillet a Codfish.