With the holidays around the corner, the Bargain! Shop in Golden launched their annual ‘Sleigh Days’ fundraiser this past Saturday, Nov. 20.
The fundraiser will go on for three weeks, and will wrap up on Saturday, Dec. 11, with their Sleigh Day, which will see 10 per cent of all profits on that day donated to the Golden Food Bank.
Overall, the store is hoping to raise $5,500 for the food bank over the course of the fundraiser.
Company wide, Red Apple is looking to raise $650,000.
In addition to cash donations at the till, when checking out, you can opt to purchase a toy, which will get donated to a child in need over the holiday season in Golden.
On Dec. 11, all the purchased toys will be loaded into a fire truck, courtesy of the Nicholson Fire Department, for delivery to the food bank.
The Bargain! Shop manager Vera Derr says it’s always a favourite event, and she feels it resonates with the community because it keeps it local.
“We like to just we like to do what we can for the community and make people’s Christmases brighter,” said Derr.
“It stays in our community and it’s our people that we see every day who benefit.”
The donations and toys are brought to the food bank, who use them to put together their Christmas hampers, which bring together food and gifts to ensure that families in need have a good holiday season.
Any excess is used to purchase gift cards that also stay in the community.
The fundraiser is already off to a strong start, with Derr saying that every year the Golden community rises to the challenge.
She says they had one customer come in and buy almost $90 in toys to donate in one go.
“I think it makes people feel really good to help and be present and participate in the drive,” said Derr.
“There are people in need and you never know who, especially after the hardship of the pandemic, and this is the time of year that people what to give back.”
She said it’s also a favourite time of the year for the staff, who get equally excited about the drive.
“We just feel so touched right now, by noticing how many people participate,” said Derr.
“During the drive, we try to stay in the moment more and just realize that what we’re doing is about helping people more than just servicing people at this time of year – everyone goes above and beyond.”
On the actual Sleigh Day on Dec. 11, there will be an opportunity for photos taken with Santa, socially distanced.
There might also be a bake sale but the COVID situation will determine if that is possible.