Donations sought for weekend Charity Checkstop on 47 Ave.

There will be a strong police presence along 47 Ave. on Saturday (Dec. 6), but passing motorists need not be alarmed.

There will be a strong police presence along 47 Ave. on Saturday (Dec. 6), but passing motorists need not be alarmed. It’s all part of the annual Charity Checkstop, which will see donations collected for a number of Sylvan Lake and area charities.

The checkstop, put on by the Sylvan Lake RCMP and Victim Services Unit, will see motorists stopped on 47 Ave. between Shoppers Drug Mart and McDonald’s, giving them the opportunity to donate money, toys and food.

Money and items received will benefit the Sylvan Lake Food Bank, Eckville Santa’s Anonymous, Sylvan Lake Victim Services and the Bentley Christian Centre Christmas Fund.

Victim services program co-ordinator and checkstop organizer Jennifer Plotnikoff said many motorists carry extra money, toys and food with them in anticipation of the checkstop.

Others — including some who may not have heard about it — are often happy to give what they have on them at the time.

Coupons are by local businesses will be offered in return for a donation, no matter how large or small.

Yet, there will be no jail time for those who don’t participate, assured Plotnikoff.

“If they don’t want to come through it, there are other ways to go around,” she said.

Two lanes will be set up to receive donations, and Plotnikoff is hoping the checkstop will be as successful as it has been in previous years, having raised more than $20,000 in the last two years alone.

“Every little penny, dime, nickel — it all helps,” said Plotnikoff. “Everything helps for our local charities.”

The checkstop has been running in Sylvan Lake for about 14 years now. It will be set up on Saturday (Dec. 6) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“(The total amount raised) goes up every year,” said Plotnikoff. “ The support is really amazing.”

 

Just Posted

Sylvan Lake Lakers volleyball team wins gold at Zones

This is the fourth consecutive year the senior boys’ Lakers have finished first at Zones

The season of giving returns to Sylvan Lake through the Christmas Bureau

The Christmas Bureau helps support families in need through Adopt a Family and toy donations

PHOTOS: Sylvan Lakers’ favourite winter activities

Readers of the Sylvan Lake News submitted photos of their favourite winter activities

A new area to be added to Sylvan Lake’s Resident Only Parking Program

The program also generated more than $200,000 in revenue for the Town

PHOTOS: Sylvan Lake students learn about cryogenics in hands on experiments

Students from Steffie Woima were treated to a presentation from TELUS World of Science

Trudeau offers to help Pacific islands face climate change impact

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the leaders from the Pacific island nations on Saturday during the APEC Summit in Papua New Guinea

Six students arrested, charged in sex assault probe at Toronto all-boys school

The school’s principal, Greg Reeves, described the video of the alleged sexual assault as ‘horrific’

Calgary Stampeders back to Grey Cup with 22-14 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Calgary was favoured to win the 2017 and 2016 Grey Cups, but lost to the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks respectively.

‘A giant step forward’: new $10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter circulation

A new $10 banknote featuring Viola Desmond’s portrait will go into circulation, just over 72 years after she was ousted from the whites-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, N.S.

Searchers in California wildfire step up efforts; 77 dead

Trump arrived at the oceanside conclave Saturday afternoon after visiting Northern California to survey the wildfire damage in the town of Paradise.

Trump says ‘no reason’ for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

“It’s a suffering tape, it’s a terrible tape. I’ve been fully briefed on it, there’s no reason for me to hear it,” Trump said in the interview.

Canada Post calls for ‘cooling off’ period to allow for mediated talks

The proposal came as Canada Post workers continued their rotating strikes Monday after rejecting the Crown agency’s latest offer.

Metro Vancouver homicide detectives busy after separate weekend deaths

Homicide detectives in Metro Vancouver are investigating separate cases involving two deaths they say appear to be either targeted or suspicious.

B.C. asking for tips on ‘dirty money’ in horse racing, real estate, luxury cars

Action follows a Peter German report on money laundering in B.C. casinos

Most Read