Over the weekend you may have noticed a check stop on main street, it was the 9th annual Charity Check Stop hosted by Bonnyville Victim Services and it was for a good cause.
The Charity Check Stop was first suggested to Bonnyville Victim Services by a member who had come from another community that had done the check stop for several years.
Debbie Winstone is the Program Manager for Bonnyville Victim Services.
“Toys were collected for Santa’s Elves, food for the food bank, and cash donations that go to Bonnyville Victim Services,” Winstone told Lakeland Connect.
In total, $4236 was collected during the check stop on December 4.
“The charity initiative started in 2012, but unfortunately due to COVID-19 we were not able to do it last year so this year was our ninth,” Winstone said. “The money is used to supplement our program that the operational grant does not cover or falls short.”
On Saturday, the RCMP, Bonnyville Regional Fire Authority, EMS, and the MD Peace Officers and volunteers and staff from victim services all took to main street to collect to support our community.
“I think the check stop is an important part of showing that our emergency services are also there to help out when it is not an emergent situation,” Winstone told Lakeland Connect. “It’s a positive interaction for the community.”
Every year the community exceeds Bonnyville Victim Services expectations Winstone said.
“We are very fortunate to have such a supportive and giving community,” Winstone concluded.