Donations are just starting to pick-up for Kinsmen’s Santa’s Anonymous program in Lacombe. Recently the Lacombe and District Family and Community Support Service has received a pile of donations from the Alix Fire Department as well as several donations from local businesses and the Lacombe AA Generals game.  

The recent mild temperatures have meant a bit of a slower season for donations.  

“We're hoping with the promotion of the campaigns that people remember to help others in need to bring Christmas to their families as well,” said Crystal Zens, Executive Director of the Lacombe and District FCSS.  

Zens is also anticipating more need this year as families struggle with a challenging economy.  

“Even if you're having a company Christmas party, perhaps recommend bringing a gift, maybe for an entry in for a door prize. We need lots of ways to collect toys for kids in need. Our need always goes up every year, so we're hoping that community response keeps up with it,” said Zens.  

Items for teenagers and young infants aged 0-2 are most needed in the program. Items that make great gifts include:  

  • Blow dryers  
  • Straighteners  
  • Curling irons  
  • Lego  
  • Hockey equipment 
  • Soccer balls 
  • Basketballs 
  • Markers 
  • Journals  
  • Pencil crayons  
  • Puzzles  
  • Bracelet kits  
  • Sketching pads  
  • Trains 
  • Sleds 
  • Mickey Mouse items  
  • Paw Patrol items 
  • Gift cards  
  • Monetary donations 

Anyone who needs support from Santa’s Anonymous this season, is encouraged to fill out an application at the Lacombe FCSS office or website.  

L.A. Carpet and Tile will be collecting Santa’s Anonymous gifts on Friday, December 8th. Santa Claus will be on site taking in letters and sharing hot chocolate and treats with kids. That event will be running from 11:00AM-2:00PM.