The ABA Make a Difference Christmas Campaign
Every holiday season, the Acheson Business Association, along with Acheson businesses, get together to support deserving local families. All food, toy, and cash donations collected go to the Kinsmen Club of Stony Plain and the Spruce Grove Kinettes who then distribute items to families within Parkland County during the holiday season. Since its inception, we have managed to increase the amount of donations collected every year. We owe our success to all of the extremely generous businesses that make up the Acheson Industrial Area.
Each year the businesses within Acheson come together to collect donations, which go to support the Spruce Grove Kinette’s and the Stony Plain Kinsmen during their Christmas Hamper Program. While the Acheson Business Association organizes the event and spreads the word, it is the generosity of the community which makes the donation drive a success each year.
This year, our Make a Difference campaign started off with a Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction hosted by United Construction, which raised $7,000. We’d like to extend another heartfelt thank you to everyone who donated items for the auction and attended the event.
After the reception came the distribution of posters and boxes all over the Acheson Industrial Area and beyond to collection donations of toys and non-perishable food.
The efforts to raise as much as possible began. Over 100 Acheson companies ran competitions, challenges, bake sales, sold handcrafted items and many other fantastic events to bring in donations. It never ceases to amaze us the creativity of our community when it comes to fundraising!
On December 12, Santa, Mrs. Claus, our ever loyal elves and the fleet of drivers from Strongco Corporation, Hayworth Equipment Sales, T-Lane Transport and Willy’s Trucking, collected donations from our Santa Run and the Acheson Fire Station. In total, we were able to deliver 6800 lb of food/toys/clothes and $5000 in monetary donations to the Kinsmen and Kinette’s.
If you were one of the businesses that we visited along our Santa Run and would like to see your photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, click here to view the album.
A huge thank you, as well to all of the companies that dropped donations off to the Acheson Fire Station and to the Fire Fighters and staff who happily participated in decorating the Station and collecting the donations!
Thank you to every single person who participated in any way for all your hard work and generosity throughout the last month. Because of your dedication, the Acheson community was able to provide 900 Parkland County families with food and gifts this holiday season. Way to go Acheson!