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Santa's reindeer are in for a treat

Ripple Rock student Caden Channel (holding the bag of food) shows Randy Boettcher, Save-On Foods operations manager and Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Co-ordinator Tami Ness, the reindeer food his class made and sold to raise money for the Salvation Army. The kids donated the money Wednesday. - Kristen Douglas/The Mirror
Ripple Rock student Caden Channel (holding the bag of food) shows Randy Boettcher, Save-On Foods operations manager and Salvation Army Kettle Campaign Co-ordinator Tami Ness, the reindeer food his class made and sold to raise money for the Salvation Army. The kids donated the money Wednesday.
— image credit: Kristen Douglas/The Mirror

When Santa comes to town Monday night to deliver presents to all the girls and boys, his reindeer will find a special treat waiting for them at many Campbell River homes.

A Grade 1/2 split class at Ripple Rock made more than 200 bags of Magic Reindeer Food as an activity centre in their classroom.

The students then sold the bags during their Christmas concerts Dec. 12 and 13, and raised $258.67.

On Wednesday afternoon, the class, along with their teacher Rosemary Collins and a couple parent helpers, took a school bus down to Save-On Foods where the students put all the money in the Salvation Army Christmas kettle set up in the lobby of the grocery store.

Save-On Foods played an integral role in the project, donating two bags of oats, white sugar, food colouring, and the Ziploc bags for the reindeer food.

The project was the brainchild of parent Dori Manley, who’s daughter Yara Taylor had the honour of being the first student to put money into the Salvation Army kettle.

The Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign, as of Wednesday, had raised $95,000 with just one week to go until Christmas and its goal of $200,000.

The money raised stays in Campbell River and goes towards staffing and operating programs such as the downtown soup kitchen, Family Services assistance (clothing, household items, etc.) to families in need and emergency grocery assistance. The Salvation Army thanks the community for its generosity.

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