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Donations pour in for Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive

PHOTO. Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus helped out in the fourth annual Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive visiting businesses, organizations, and schools on their way to filling four transit buses worth of donations for families in need this holiday season. Supplied by Country 93.3/Facebook.

The Municipality thanks the many residents, businesses, schools, and organizations of Wood Buffalo that participated in the Stuff-A-Bus Toy Drive.

The fourth annual campaign in support of Santa’s Anonymous kicked off on Dec. 13 filling four municipal transit buses with donations.

Stuff-A-Bus Coordinator Annette LeBrun said the Christmas spirit is alive and well in Wood Buffalo.

“Thanks to the generosity of community members, we more than doubled the [number] of donations from last year making this our biggest year yet. Together, we have helped Santas Anonymous provide hundreds of gifts to families and children across the region.”

With assistance from the RMWB Transit Services team, Country 93.3 and 97.9 ROCK, groups started collecting donations on Nov. 13.

Since 1984, Students, teacher-advisors, and volunteers with Father Mercredi Community High School led the Santa’s Anonymous initiative.

Santa’s Anonymous Co-Chair, Jennifer Pope thanked the region for its generosity.

“Every child should have the opportunity to experience the joy of the holiday season and thanks to the hard work of students, volunteers and community partners there will be countless smiles Christmas morning.”

Pope added 75 organizations stepped up to participate in the toy drive, which is an increase from 48 different groups in the 2018 campaign.

Volunteers will deliver the gifts to families in need on Dec. 20, 2019.