Those who participated in the 2019 Merry Christmas Bureau Skills Camp pose for a photo with the gifts they donated to the Christmas Bureau. This year the hockey camp is once again accepting donations, though the skills camp will be held at a later date. (Photo Submitted)

Those who participated in the 2019 Merry Christmas Bureau Skills Camp pose for a photo with the gifts they donated to the Christmas Bureau. This year the hockey camp is once again accepting donations, though the skills camp will be held at a later date. (Photo Submitted)

Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp accepting toy donations in exchange for skills camp

The local organization is holding its second annual Hockey for a ‘Claus’ fundrasier this weekend

Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp (SLHC) is once again partnering with Lakeside Hockey Development and Complete Athlete to help the Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau.

This Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NexSource Centre, the hockey camp is hosting its second annual Hockey for a ‘Claus’ fundraiser informally.

SLHC alongside Lakeside Hockey Development and Complete Athlete are offering a free skills camp for those 13 and under, if they donate an unwrapped toy worth at least $20 or by e-transfering a donation of at least $20 to billing@sylvanlakehockeycamp.com password ‘christmas’. All proceeds will be donated to the Sylvan Lake Christmas Bureau.

A representative from the club will be available at the North Entrance Loading Zone to accept donations curbside and conactless.

Graham Parsons, founder and president of the camp, says instead of a formal toy drive the three groups will be writing a cheque to the Christmas Bureau, to ensure they have the means to get the last toys for local children this holiday.

He says they will continue with the fundraiser, it will just look different.

“We will write them a cheque for $2,000 and we will make it up through the fundraiser or some other way,” Parsons said.

“The important part is making sure they are still helped out.”

He says the Christmas Bureau is in need of donations to help local families out this holiday season.

“After speaking with [the Christmas Bureau] we found that it was really helpful last year.

“This will top it off for those who haven’t been adopted yet,” said Parsons.

Those who bring an unwrapped gift to be donated of at least $20, will be given free entry to a one-day skills camp hosted by the Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp.

The skills camp will be hosted at a later date, once Alberta Health Service’s restrictions have opened up to allow for sports again.

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Parsons says he is hoping for late April of next year, but an official date will be made at a later time.

“Once you donate you will have free admission, but we will still need you to register on our website,” Parsons said, adding it helps to track those who will be attending the camp.

“We will keep track of the donations and who donated what, so we can ensure your session is taken care of.”

Those who donate will also be entered to win a free Sylvan Lake Hockey Camp Session in Sylvan Lake or Jasper.

Other prizes such as Assorted SLHC, Complete Athlete and Lakeside Hockey Development swag will also be up for grabs for those who donate.

“We are also really pleased that Panago Pizza is offering a free personal pizza [gift certificate] for each donation,” said Parsons.

Volunteers will be situated outside of the north entrance of the NexSource Centre, for the “drive-thru-style” toy donation.

“There is a need in our community and we can help.”

Registration for the camp can be done at sylvanlakehockeycamp.com

For more information, please email slhockeycamp@gmail.com or call 403-887-2575.


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