The past couple of issues of Sylvan Lake News have been filled with stories and photos portraying the generosity of our community.
During Sylvan Lake’s Centennial we’re attempting to quantify the generosity of our community with information and a running tally of donations to various groups and organizations.
Below, as well as new donations, we’re also listing those where pictures may have appeared in the last issue or two so we can keep our cumulative total up-to-date.
We know how giving our community is and we want to emphasize that with this column. Please feel free to add to our list.
As we’re approaching the year end, we plan to run this column once more in early January and then reevaluate the initiative. If you’d like to see us continue or have ideas to enhance this column send an email to email@example.com.
Year-to-date total – $436,257.49
• Students and staff at École Fox Run School have been thinking of the Gamble family as they mourn the loss of Hudson. Last Thursday, they showed their support to the Gamble family by having a “Hat Day” and collecting money, according to teacher Patti Gette. As well “Around the Corner Store” is sending all their proceeds to help this family during this very difficult time. The amount raised wasn’t disclosed.
• Those attending the Town of Sylvan Lake Christmas Party on Saturday raised $5,940 for the Christmas Bureau. The money was raised by auctioning off 10 decorated trees with gifts — one from each town department. Staff voted on the recipient of the funds and the Christmas Bureau was the selected choice.
• Shoppers Drug Mart owner-pharmacist Todd Prochnau presented a cheque to Sylvan Lake and Area Community Partners Dec. 6 for $3,991. The money was raised through the business’s Tree for Life program in late September and early October.
• The charity checkstop run by Sylvan Lake RCMP, Sylvan Lake & District Victim Services Unit, Sylvan Lake Fire Department and Sylvan Lake Municipal Enforcement on Saturday gathered $13,600 in cash and other donations of food and toys.
• Stuff a Bus was rated a huge success again this year. Three from Red Deer Catholic School Division were involved, situated at Scott’s No Frills, Sobeys and Walmart. They collected over $3,000 worth of food and cash.
• Students at École Fox Run School brought in enough items to fill 190 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Around the Corner Store (a student run store at the school) paid for ‘mailing’ of each of the boxes, according to the school’s newsletter.
• Sylvan Lake Community Endowment Fund distributed a total of $4,900 to three groups.
• The Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake hosted seniors to a Christmas lunch at Sylvan Lake Seniors’ Centre.
• Schools in Sylvan Lake all held food drives to benefit Sylvan Lake Food Bank.
• Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau was the beneficiary of a large amount of toys as well as cash donations.
• Eclectica Fashions held its second annual Champagne and Chocolate Day and raised a considerable pile of food for the Food Bank.
• The Royal Canadian Legion, Sylvan Lake Br. No. 212, presented a cheque for $3,000 to Bethany Sylvan Lake towards a specialized tub/lift.
• Members of Sylvan Lake All About Bouncing Novice 3 Lakers contributed 19 shoeboxes to the Operation Christmas Child initiative organized by Eckville Eagles at their hockey tournament.
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