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Santas Anonymous to support nearly 500 families in the region

Last Updated Dec 18, 2018 at 12:44 pm MST

PHOTO. Supplied: Santas Anonymous Facebook.

Santas Anonymous raised nearly $35,000 and hundreds of toys through the Miracle Marathon and the first ever Supermarket Spree.

The donations will go towards almost 500 hampers that will be delivered to families on Dec. 21.

Santas Anonymous Teacher Advisor Jennifer Pope said this number is lower than previous years, but is more manageable for the Santas Anonymous team.

Each hamper includes gift cards to Save-On-Foods, a turkey voucher, children’s gifts and extra packages for babies and seniors if needed.

Pope said the student-led social justice project can’t happen without community and sponsor support.

“They’re so generous, they amaze us every year what they do for us. This year was really awesome. We’re really proud to be from Fort McMurray.”

Save-On-Foods has played a huge role in the project for the last five years, allowing students to set up at their locations across town.

The Thickwood location provided all the supplies needed for the pancake breakfast and Miracle Marathon and held a silent auction.

“They sponsored, organized and hosted the whole Supermarket Spree. They covered everything, all the items needed, the prizes for the teams. We barely had to do a thing.”

Overall, this year’s project has done much better than the previous few years, which Pope attributes to the spree, which brought in an estimated $13,000.

Ten teams competed in the spree including council members, Coldwell Banker, Re/Max, Syncrude, Country 93.3, 97.9 ROCK and more.

Donations are being accepted at Father Mercredi High School and online until Dec. 21. When making a donation online, search for Fort McMurray Catholic Schools and add in the comment section that it is for Santas Anonymous.