Public invited to do the ‘Santa Shuffle’

The local Salvation Army is proposing a new event to get the community on its feet to help the needy.
The “Santa Shuffle,” a 1.1-km run, will be held Saturday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m. beginning at the Salvation Army’s headquarters (316 Victoria Ave.)
Participants are asked to collect pledges, which will go towards the local Salvation Army’s Christmas appeal.
“One hundred percent of the donations will go directly to helping people in our own community,” said Capt. Angel Sandoval.
The money will help pay for Christmas hampers for local needy families. Last year, more than 200 hampers were given out.
At only 1.1 km, the run is meant to be a fun activity for family and friends to do together. It even might be an activity for schools or local charity groups to get involved in, Capt. Sandoval suggested.
The Salvation Army “Santa Shuffle” is a Canada-wide event that began in Toronto in 2003. The event was so successful, it spread across the country the following year.
Capt. Sandoval noted events like the annual Terry Fox Run are very successful here.
Anyone interested in participating in the “Santa Shuffle” can pick up a pledge form from the Salvation Army or Ed Katona at the Civic Centre.
“Help us make this Christmas special for families in need,” Capt. Sandoval said.
In related news, volunteers are needed to man the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettles beginning Dec. 2, as well as to help pack the hampers.
Anyone wishing to apply for a Christmas hamper can stop by the Salvation Army on Nov. 28 and pick up a registration form.
It must be returned, with proper identification, on Nov. 30.