Golden’s Interact Club brings back Anti-Grinch Project back for another year

It’s the sixth year for the project

Last year’s Anti-Grinch team shopping for the Christmas meals that they prepare each year. (Photo submitted)

Last year’s Anti-Grinch team shopping for the Christmas meals that they prepare each year. (Photo submitted)

With the holidays around the corner and Christmas just over a month away, the Interact Club are busy with preparations for this year’s Anti-Grinch Project and the Angel Tree.

The Anti-Grinch Project will look a bit different than previous years and similar to how it was run last year, with 100 individualized turkey dinners from eight turkeys.

The meals will be put together by the Interact Club and their volunteers at the GSS kitchen on Christmas Eve, to be handed out to local families in need.

Recipients are nominated by the community, and anyone who needs a lift can be nominated – it doesn’t always have to be financial.

It’ll be the sixth year for the program, with Interact Club member Georgia Gale saying it’s always a favourite for the club.

“This is our biggest project, being able to give back to the community do something that the community knows us for and appreciates for is a great gift to give at Christmas,” said Gale.

“As a club, we get the most joy out of doing this project and the most excitement.”

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This will be the second year the club has taken on the Angel Tree, a program that connects sponsors in the community with families in need to provide gifts and toys for kids during the holidays.

Similar to the Giving Tree that has been run in years past, the Interact Club is looking to the community for sponsors, as well as nominations for families in need.

From there, the club will be providing a wish list of toys from the nominated families to the sponsors, who can go out and buy toys to be gifted during the holiday season.

Toys are the primary method of donation, with the club providing details like gender, age and recommendations to the sponsors, who will be doing the shopping.

To get involved or nominate someone, you can contact the Interact Club over Facebook, or with a QR code that will bring you to a google sheet. The QR code will be posted across town.

The Interact Club meets every Thursday at 3:30 at the Learning Commons.

You don’t have to be a part of the Interact Club to participate in the Anti-Grinch project – those who want to participate can come by GSS on Dec. 24. Preparations are underway at 7 a.m.

“We’re always looking for new members,” said Gale.

“I just want people to know that yes, we’re still doing this and we might be smaller, but this is something that we’re really excited for.”

The planning committee is made up of Talus Josephson, Georgia Gale, Emme Abbs, Emilie Zabel and Mae Cooper.

Club members who will be helping as well are Talus Josephson, Georgia Gale, Emme Abbs, Emilie Zabel, Mae Cooper, Dylan Kronlund, Isla Telfer, Finni Jobin, Ella Jobin, Joaquin Alvear, Evelyn Hunter, Kira Fassbender, Paytyn Crawford. Adult sponsors are Talus Robinson, Brianne Hagardt, Navneet Rondeau.