This week I had a chance to sit down (at my computer) with Nicole Anton, one of the Santa’s Anonymous Elves.
For those of you who don’t know, Santa’s Anonymous works tirelessly until Christmas arrives, raising money through a variety of events, including the Pumpkin Sale, the Famine, and the Pancake Breakfast. The fruits of their labour were displayed during the Christmas Mass- piles upon piles of food, presents, and the household necessities that families in need require for the Christmas season.
In interviewing Nicole, I learned a couple of things:
- The experience was fantastic. You didn’t even need to be a member of Santa’s Anonymous to get involved. For example, those who raised money with the Famine experienced not only hunger, but also camaraderie and compassion for those who didn’t have enough to eat this Holiday Season. The pumpkin sale was a lot of fun as well, and was an event I was lucky enough to experience. Standing on a curb, a sign in hand, and surrounded by friends is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday morning. Those who were involved in the pumpkin sale left it with laughter and joy filling their hearts. Both of these events not only included incredible experiences, but they also raised money for a worthwhile cause.
- About forty families received a Christmas Hamper this year. That’s right. 4-0. Forty families received the gift of Christmas through these hampers, and it wouldn’t have been possible without all the donations received and the tireless volunteers who worked until the end in order to create and deliver them.
- The feeling of being able to deliver these hampers was indescribable. Those who were delivered to were incredibly thankful, including one lady who could not believe the great masses of food that the Santa’s Anonymous Elves were bringing to her door.
Santa’s Anonymous will run again next year, and if you would like to experience all of the wonderful content described above, I would recommend giving it a shot!
Thanks to Nicole for her wonderful input, and I hope you are having a fantastic week!
Kyra Nicolacoupolos is a Grade Twelve student at CCH. She enjoys reading, writing, and petting small animals. Her favourite thing about CCH is being a member of Student Council.