Santa’s Anonymous seeking more donations as demand for the program is up

The program is specifically seeking items for teenagers

The annual holiday fundraiser is seeking donations for teens as enrollment in Santa’s Anonymous program is on the rise this year. Photo contributed.

The annual holiday fundraiser is seeking donations for teens as enrollment in Santa’s Anonymous program is on the rise this year. Photo contributed.

Santa’s Anonymous is still collecting donations for its annual holiday fundraiser. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, demand for the program has risen this year.

Craig Darrell, President of the Lacombe Kinsmen club said the program is specifically in need of items for early age teens.

“We typically get a lot for younger kids but the older kids tend to get forgotten about,” said Darrell.

The Lacombe and District FCSS suggests items like makeup, hairstyling tools, sporting goods and toboggans for the tween or teen age groups.

Darrell also said gift cards or cash donations are great because he recognizes the older age groups tend to be harder to shop for.

Gifts can be dropped off at any of the designated donation bins around Lacombe County. Some locations in the City of Lacombe are listed below:

• L.A Carpet and Tile

• BMO Lacombe

• Servus Credit Union

• Nowco Home Hardware

• Red Apple Lacombe

• RBC Lacombe

• Peavey Mart

• Lacombe Audio Video Unlimited

• Lacombe Pets and more

• Reds Source for Sports

• Empire Auto Sales

• Lacombe and District FCSS

Santa’s Anonymous is still accepting donations for all age groups and will continue to do so until Dec. 22. So far there are 100 families signed up to receive gifts from the program and applications are accepted for another week.

“Applications are up and donations are down,” said Darrell.

“We really want to get the word out and getting people to donate is really what we need now more than anything.”

All gifts will be properly sanitized and handled with care in compliance with the current public health restrictions.