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Santas Anonymous kicks off 2017 campaign

Last Updated Nov 6, 2017 at 11:45 am MDT

PHOTO. Supplied: Santas Anonymous Facebook.

Santas Anonymous has kicked off their 2017 campaign.

Santas Anonymous is an initiative led by students at Father Patrick Mercredi High School that provides families in need with a Christmas dinner and gifts for their children.

The referral form opened Monday and the deadline is Dec. 1.

Jenn Downey, teacher and campaign supervisor, said the best way to support to the campaign is through monetary donations.

“We are always looking for monetary donations, as it is the best way to purchase the items we need. We struggle a lot with getting teen gifts and we look for gift cards for them to local businesses,” said Downey. “In addition we collect items for babies, toys for children and gifts for senior citizens.”

Last year Santas Anonymous packed just short of a thousand hampers.

The needs for this year are still being assessed.

“The students and staff of Father Mercredi will strive to help as many families in the Wood Buffalo region as possible,” said Downey.

Santas Anonymous has their Christmas Market on Nov. 19, at Father Merc. Their annual teddy bear toss will happen on Dec. 1 when the Oil Barons face the Olds Grizzlys.