Teresa Kutynec, Red Deer Christmas Bureau president, dressed up as Mrs. Claus during the Charity Checkstop on Saturday. The event supports four nonprofit organizations: the Christmas Bureau, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Red Deer Food Bank and Women’s Outreach Centre. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Teresa Kutynec, Red Deer Christmas Bureau president, dressed up as Mrs. Claus during the Charity Checkstop on Saturday. The event supports four nonprofit organizations: the Christmas Bureau, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Red Deer Food Bank and Women’s Outreach Centre. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

WATCH: Charity Checkstop raises money for nonprofit organizations

Red Deerians supported four local nonprofit organizations without even having to leave their own vehicle.

The annual Charity Checkstop was held on Saturday along Taylor Drive, between 32 Street and 43 Street. The event supports the Red Deer Christmas Bureau, Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Red Deer and District chapter, Red Deer Food Bank and Women’s Outreach Centre.

“It’s been a different year, as everybody knows,” said Teresa Kutynec, Christmas Bureau president.

“It’s that time of year where we’re all looking for helping and donations for our organizations so we can keep going.”

Cash, debit or credit, toys and food donations were accepted at the checkstop.

“Last year we raised around $13,000. We’d certainly like to match or break that, but we also know it’s been a hard time for everybody,” she said.

Marilyn Rinas, the president of the local MADD chapter, said the Charity Checkstop is important for all organizations involved.

“Anything is greatly appreciated here,” she said.

“MADD’s mission is to help stop impaired driving and raise public awareness.”



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Red Deer Christmas Bureau president Teresa Kutynec, left, and Marilyn Rinas, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Red Deer and district chapter, hold a donation bucket at the Charity Checkstop on Saturday. The event supports four nonprofit organizations: the Christmas Bureau, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Red Deer Food Bank and Women’s Outreach Centre. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)

Red Deer Christmas Bureau president Teresa Kutynec, left, and Marilyn Rinas, president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Red Deer and district chapter, hold a donation bucket at the Charity Checkstop on Saturday. The event supports four nonprofit organizations: the Christmas Bureau, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Red Deer Food Bank and Women’s Outreach Centre. (Photo by Sean McIntosh/Advocate staff)