Charity checkstop on Saturday

It’s time to get into the giving spirit as the Christmas season quickly approaches.

It’s time to get into the giving spirit as the Christmas season quickly approaches.

The 12th annual Sylvan Lake RCMP and Victim Services Unit charity checkstop is taking place Saturday (Dec. 1) between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on 47th Avenue. It will be staged at the regular location between Ryders Square and Hewlett Park Landing, said RCMP Cst. Gord Marshall.

This event is a major support for local charities in Sylvan Lake and surrounding area. All proceeds — food, toys and cash donations — will be collected roadside and taken to local charities as needed.

Last year the checkstop raised over $15,000 in cash and gift cards “and more toys and food than ever before,” said Victim Services coordinator Jennifer Plotnikoff, after the event.

The monetary donations are shared among local charities such as Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau, Sylvan Lake Food Bank, Bentley Christian Centre Christmas Fund and Eckville’s Santa’s Anonymous.