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.
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.”