The 25th annual on-air auction for 630 CHED Santas Anonymous was another record-breaking success.
Raising a total of $66,500, the funds raised during this year’s auction will go to support the charity’s efforts to bring gifts to over 26,000 children this Christmas.
The big item of the day was the “Christmas in July” patio party auctioned off during the Ryan Jespersen Show. The event for 40 went for a whopping $45,000.
“630 CHED listeners were so generous this year,” Santas executive director Lana Nordlund said. “We were all so excited when that bid came in during Ryan’s show.
“That money is going to help us purchase items such as books and toys to make sure that every Edmonton child gets a gift on Christmas morning.”
Other auction packages included a weekend in Jasper, Alta. that went for $2,800, a trip to Las Vegas that brought in $3,300, the ultimate girls night out which raised $7,200 and an Edmonton sports package that went for $8,200.
WATCH BELOW: 630 CHED Santas Anonymous is in need of donations
“The packages were really great this year and there really was something for everyone,” Nordlund said. “I think that drove interest and donations.”
Next weekend hundreds of Edmontonians will turn out to Santas Depot to deliver all the wrapped gifts across the city.
But before that can happen, the 26,000 packages need to be completed.
“We’re still needing toys for kids aged 0-2 and 9-12,” Nordlund said. “For the younger children we’re looking for toys that don’t need batteries and provide a lot of play value. For the older kids, board games, Lego, crafts and science kits are great ideas.”
Donations can be dropped off Santas at 12122 68 Street, at 630 CHED at 5204 84 Street, or at one of Santas drop-off locations across the city.
WATCH BELOW: 630 CHED Santas Anonymous is gearing up to deliver gifts to 25,000 kids in the Edmonton area this year. The volunteers are amazing. Kendra Slugoski has one couple’s story about how helping the charity became their holiday tradition.
Volunteers can still drop in to help prep the gift packages at Santas Depot on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.