Sylvan Lake’s emergency services were busy collecting donations this past weekend.
Victim Services, RCMP and the Fire Department stood along 47 Avenue collecting donations for local charities.
In total, the third annual Charity Check-stop was able to bring in $13,220. This year’s total was able to blow last year’s out of the water by nearly $2,000.
Jennifer Plotnikoff, program coordinator with the Sylvan Lake and District Victim Services and organizer of the check stop, said she was happy to see an increase from last year’s total.
Plotnikoff was also pleased to hear who much the Eckville Fire Department was able to raise for their own Santas Anonymous program.
“They raised around $6,000, which is a lot of money. They raised more per capita than we did,” said Plotnikoff.
The road-side donation set up brought in more than just cash for local charities like the Christmas Bureau. The check-stop also took donations of food and toys.
Plotnikoff said she couldn’t say for sure how many toys were brought in through this year’s charity event, but believes it is pretty close to the amount brought in the year previous.
“I didn’t see how many toys were actually brought in, but I suspect it is pretty close to last year’s,” Plotnikoff said.
Now the task is trying to divide the total between the local charities. Plotnikoff said the donations will go to charities in Sylvan Lake, like the food bank and the Christmas Bureau, as well as to a charity in Bentley.