You’re going to start seeing those big 630 CHED Santas Anonymous boxes in shopping malls, Costco’s, Toys R Us and new for this year, Canadian Tire locations.
Santas Chief Elf Lana Nordlund swung by 630 CHED’s Afternoon News for a chat with J’Lyn and Andrew and she says she’s excited for their new permanent home in the Gerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit.
“This is going to be fabulous. Once other charities move in, we’re going to be able to collaborate on so many things and assist. When it’s our off season we can help other people, when it’s their off season, things like that. The charities, we can do so many things together, be able to help each other. It’s going to be really cool. Especially not working alone in April.”
Nordlund says she really hopes that if you can, that you’ll consider making a donation.
“You come to Santas’ depot and you think, ‘oh, that looks really cool, this is full, there’s all these boxes.’ But, when you think about it every child gets a book, a stuffed animal and two other gifts. It adds up so quickly, and those boxes empty out so quickly.”
Nordlund has some advice if you’re still thinking of making a donation.
“We do gift from newborns right up to age 12, and we find most of the toys and gifts that we get are for the three to eight year old group. So, as we have in past years we’re asking for the younger kids and the older kids. So, think about the nine year old you or the eleven year old you.”
She also says that you may enjoy buying a gift for an infant or toddler.
Nordlund says in addition to the donation boxes found in our retail partner locations, you can also drop off your new unwrapped gifts at their new permanent location in the Gerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit, the address is 12122 68 St. You can also drop off your gifts in the lobby of our station on Roper Road and 84th street.