Community Spirit That Makes a Difference

Runners at the start line of the Moncton Santa Shuffle
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The 2022 Santa Shuffle, an annual 5K Fun Run and 1K Elf Walk held every December, brought together over 5,100 runners across Canada, generating more than $380,000 in revenue. This nationwide event, now in its 32nd year, provides support for individuals and families in need during the holiday season.

Participants of all ages and fitness levels donned festive attire, with many dressing as Santa, elves, and reindeer, as they ran through local parks, city streets, and picturesque trails. With each stride, the spirit of giving and community support filled the air.

Major Rob Kerr of The Salvation Army spoke of the event’s significance: “The Santa Shuffle brings people together from all walks of life to support those in need. It’s a fun, family-friendly event that helps raise awareness and funds for our programs and services, which assist over 1.7 million Canadians each year.”

“The fact that so many people come together for this cause is truly inspiring.”

In 2022, the Santa Shuffle saw year-over-year increase in both participants and funds raised, reflecting the ever-growing support from local communities. The event’s continued success can be attributed to the tireless efforts of numerous volunteers, sponsors, and enthusiastic participants.

One of the runners, Sarah Mitchell, shared her thoughts on the day: “I love participating in the Santa Shuffle because it’s a fun way to stay active during the winter months while also giving back to the community. The fact that so many people come together for this cause is truly inspiring.”

The funds generated through the Santa Shuffle are vital in supporting The Salvation Army’s efforts to provide food, shelter, and other essential services to struggling individuals and families. As the need for these services continues to grow, the unwavering support from the community remains crucial.

By Corey Robert