Salvation Army brings Christmas cheer to thousands of families in need, but this week saw the charity group on the receiving end of a very big gift.
Rawlco Radio Vice-President and General Manager Tom Newton presented a cheque Friday for $20,000 on behalf of Gord and Jill Rawlinson to Val Wicks with the Salvation Army in Regina.
“To help you and your program continue on for so many years and help fulfil some of the needs that you may have around the holiday season and throughout the year to help those less fortunate in this community,” Newton said on the 980 CJME Morning show.
The Rawlinson family owns Rawlco Radio, which is the parent company of 980 CJME News Talk Radio.
Gord Rawlinson first teamed up with the Salvation Army 48 years ago to develop Santas Anonymous in order to make sure every child has a gift to open Christmas morning.
Wicks said 1,716 kids will get presents from Santas Anonymous this year.
“I say it every year, happy kids make happy parents, and happy parents make an awesome community,” Wicks said. “It’s because of the generosity of Rawlco Radio and the families and citizens of Regina that we can build a strong community.”
The annual Santas Anonymous Wrap Day will get underway at 9 a.m. Saturday morning at the Regina Food Bank. Hundreds of volunteers will fill the building to ‘shop’ through the sorted bins of donated gifts and wrap the presents for children who might not otherwise get one this Christmas.