The city may be short on snow right now, but Edmonton seems to be high on holiday spirit.
Lana Nordlund is the Executive Director for 630CHED Santas Anonymous. The organization will be placing large donation boxes in malls on November 14th, as well as Costco, Toys R Us, and Canadian Tire locations. Volunteer opportunities open up on the 16th and 17th, a great option for people who aren’t in the position to donate cash or toys. Meanwhile, Nordlund says the last home game of the regular season was an excellent start.
“We had the toy collection at the Edmonton Eskimos game and it was fantastic,” said Nordlund. “It was record breaking basically. We had over $20,000 collected, and we filled the bus twice.”
The amount of toys donated more than doubled since last year. Nordlund said it’s hard to say for sure why Edmontonians were so generous this year, but there are certainly some factors that could have contributed.
“The weather, the 50/50, possibly the last game to see Ricky Ray,” she said. “We all love our Esks. And it’s just a great event to come out to with the family, and the community just comes through time after time.”
The football game was a fantastic start for the organization, but the momentum will have to continue for 630CHED Santas Anonymous to meet their goals.
Nordlund says it’s not necessary to spend a fortune on toys, but instead to consider play value over price. Smaller toys are generally easier to package and transport, and there’s always a need for variety in toys for kids above the age of 8 and below the age of 3. They will also be placing books in every bag.
Visit the 630CHED Santas Anonymous website here. You can also follow them on Twitter, Instagram, and even Snapchat. (KLM)