Students at Ponoka Secondary Campus (PSC) are in full swing campaigning across town for their Santa’s Anonymous program that brings food and gifts to families and individuals in need during the holiday season.
To help bring as much food and as many toys for families as possible, students will be out Tuesday, Dec. 1 at No Frills and Hamilton’s IGA from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. with school buses out front.
In addition to the Stuff-a-Bus program, the school is also hosting its annual Santa Showdown, a fun hockey game with staff facing off against students on Thursday, Dec. 10 starting at 6:15 p.m. It’s all to help fill the many boxes around town, says organizer Karen David. Admission is $2 and some canned food. David says this is also an ideal time to bring gifts to families.
She said food hampers will be put together by PSC students Dec. 10, 11, 14 and 15 with delivery scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 15. “I’m expecting an increase in need,” said David.
As for gift recommendations, David suggests gift packs are an ideal option. Ear buds are another possible gift for teenagers. The deadline for the boxes to be picked up is fast approaching. David says Wednesday, Dec. 9 is the last day the boxes will be out.
This is the 34th year the program has been at PSC and David suggests students come out with a strong appreciation of what they have in their own lives.
“When we do the deliveries, that’s when the kids walk away with appreciation,” she explained.
Hampers will most-likely have turkeys for families with kids and ham for families with no kids.
Anyone with any questions on donations or where to go should contact PSC at 403-783-4411.