Santa’s Anonymous – Giving Kids A Merry Christmas

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Story Courtesy of News Talk 980 CJME:

The Regina Food Bank was a beehive of activity on Saturday morning as more than 48-hundred presents were wrapped in just over three hours at the 43rd annual Santa’s Anonymous.

The annual toy drive is a partnership between CJME, The Salvation Army and the Regina and District Food Bank with a goal to make sure families who struggle to make ends meet can give their kids a real Christmas.

Val Wiks with the Salvation Army says this year close to 1000 families came in asking for help at The Salvation Army Haven of Hope Community Ministries.

As usual the people of Regina responded by donating hundreds of new, un-wrapped toys. This year Wiks says they even have a great selection for the toughest age groups including babies and kids around the age of 12.

For Wiks, wrap day is always a special event because so many people turn up to help, many families have even made it a Christmas tradition – coming back year after year.

Many at the “Wrap Day” were gift-wrapping veterans, like Roxanne Brown who has been coming with her family for 16 years running.

“I used to say as long as the kids want to come, but the kids nag me now they say what time and when – it’s a tradition for us,” she said.

Steve Compton with the food bank says he is floored by seeing the generosity of people in Regina year after year.

“You think that there might be a year that with tight economic times and pinch in the pocketbook kind of thing – that maybe there’s a year that there isn’t enough toys for the kids, but this community has always responded and we feel very fortunate,” he commented.

This year Santa’s Anonymous is providing presents for close to 1600 kids in Regina.

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