Lynn Van Laar, Christmas Wish Breakfast organizing committee chair, said every donation will help a central Alberta family this holiday season. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Lynn Van Laar, Christmas Wish Breakfast organizing committee chair, said every donation will help a central Alberta family this holiday season. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Outdoor Christmas Wish Breakfast helps central Alberta families this holiday season

The coronavirus pandemic isn’t going to stop children from having a merry Christmas this year.

Attendees at the fifth annual Christmas Wish Breakfast were asked to bring a toy and be treated to a to-go style meal.

Organizing committee chair Lynn Van Laar said Sunday’s breakfast was planned outside at Westerner Park this year to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.

“Previous years, we have a lot more people, but it’s different this year, due to COVID. But we’re all very happy and everybody here is having a good time staying safe and warm,” said Van Laar.

Organizers requested breakfast goers to place their donation in the trunk of their vehicle, which was then collected when they entered.

Drivers were then asked to pop their trunk, so volunteers could collect the toy with no contact.

They were asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy, which will be provided to the Salvation Army and the Red Deer Christmas Bureau.



mamta.lulla@reddeeradvocate.com

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Lynn Van Laar, Christmas Wish Breakfast organizing committee chair (left), said this year’s event was planned outdoors to minimize the risk of COVID. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

Lynn Van Laar, Christmas Wish Breakfast organizing committee chair (left), said this year’s event was planned outdoors to minimize the risk of COVID. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff