Red Deerians were able to support four nonprofit organizations less than a month before Christmas.
The 23rd annual Charity Checkstop was held Saturday in support of the Red Deer Christmas Bureau, Red Deer Food Bank, The Outreach Centre and Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Red Deer chapter.
Drivers were able to drop off donations without having to leave their own vehicle at the event, which took place along Taylor Drive, between 43 Street and 32 Street.
Teresa Kutynec, Red Deer Christmas Bureau president, said “it’s wonderful” to celebrate 23 years of the checkstop.
“Red Deer is so great to us. They’re always so generous. They’ll bring us coffee and donuts and those sorts of things as well as making donations,” said Kutynec.
“We’re glad we’re able to do this and it brings some smiles to people’s faces.”
The Christmas Bureau is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, she added.
“We probably have an increase in need this year. Last year was a little different because there was CERB (Canada Emergency Response Benefit), so people were getting a bit more money and weren’t using our service as much, which is a good thing,” said Kutynec.
“Now that’s over and people are going back to work and finding jobs, it certainly has put a bit of a strain on families this year, for sure.”
The checkstop is an opportunity to create awareness for the four nonprofit organizations, Kutynec said.
“We’re always trying to get our name out there and let people know we’re here helping the community or to let them know we’re here if they need help,” she said.
“It’s also great for people looking to donate. It’s easy. You just drive by.”