Halfway through its campaign, a long running holiday program says it is seeing lower donations than last year.
Santas Anonymous is a community-based program for people who may not be able to purchase gifts for their family due to financial circumstances in multiple areas including Drayton Valley, Lindale and Tomahawk.
"We are a little bit down on both the financial donations as well as toys," said President Dylan Fulks.
Fulks adds the decrease may be linked to not as many people living in the community having moved away to find other jobs. However he is confident that once all the donations are collected on December 15 the numbers will even out.
"The community has been very supportive, we find we are one of the few organizations around town that people really want to help out. We are very grateful for that, say Fulks. "Right now we are down, but I'm hoping to fill that gap up as we get closer to the cutoff date."
Fulks says 150 hampers were given out last year and from what he has seen this years demand for hampers has also decreased, but last minute applications always occur.
Items that are in demand are gifts for upper aged teens, as they are usually the hardest to shop for. Fulks adds that sports equipment, make up/beauty kits and small tool kits are great donations for that age group.
Gift donations can be accepted at multiple locations around town, including Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire. This Thursday the biggest campaign for Santas Anonymous will take place at the two stores parking lots, when the Drayton Valley Thunder does their annual stuff a bus. Donations can be dropped off from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The campaign kicked off on November 12 for it's 45 year, and will end on December 15. The cut off to apply for a hamper is December 8.
Hampers will be delivered to families December 17.
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