Events planned to boost Santa’s Anonymous campaign

PCHS students’ council is once again gearing up for this year’s Santa’s Anonymous program.

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PCHS students’ council is once again gearing up for this year’s Santa’s Anonymous program.

The 2009 campaign is the 28th anniversary of students’ council sponsorship of this worthwhile community project. Starting in 1981 to provide gifts to children in need, it has grown to provide gifts, a food hamper and a turkey to those in need at Christmas. Community support has also grown with donations and sponsorships coming in each year. Even with this support, the students still organize a number of activities leading up to Christmas.

One of these events is the Santa Showdown Hockey Game where staff and students square off at the arena complex for a fun-filled game. A $2 admission fee, 50/50 tickets and canned food donations all help to raise money for this worthy cause. Game night is Wednesday, Dec. 9 from 6:15 to 8:15pm. A big thank you goes out to Ron Labrie for spearheading this event each year.

In addition, students’ council is organizing a ‘Stuff-a-Bus” event at the two grocery stores in town during their discount days. We will be at IGA on Tuesday, Dec.1 and at Extra Foods on Monday, Nov.30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. We hope the community will buy a ‘little extra’ and drop it off on their way out.

We need about 10 to 20 parent volunteers to ‘man the bus’ during the day until school is out. Volunteers would work two- to three-hour shifts during the day. If you would like to help us out, please contact the school at 783-4411 and give your name to Barb Bonnett.

Collection boxes will be placed in many stores, churches and schools from Nov. 9 Dec. 9 to help in the gathering of food and gifts. Thank you to Jerel Peters and the Wolfcreek Youth for Christ group at PCHS for decorating the boxes.

During the week of Dec. 2 to 9 we will have a period 2 class competition to collect food. The class that collects the most food per person will receive a pizza party.

Classes will be invited to help make food hampers and wrap Christmas gifts. =Our aim is to increase student involvement in this cause.

Food hampers will be finalized Dec. 15 and delivery is scheduled for after school Dec. 16. Sign up sheets for deliveries will be placed in the office in early December.

If you know of any families in Ponoka who might be in need this Christmas season, please contact the office at 783-4411. If you wish to help, the most needed gifts are for teens 13 to18 years of age. Cash or cheque donations will also be accepted at the school. Any help is most appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding our 2009 Santa’s Anonymous campaign, please contact Mrs. David at 783-4411 ext 5132.

Please consider donating to Santa’s Anonymous this Christmas.