On Dec. 3, Calgarians laced up their sneakers to raise money in the annual Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk for the Salvation Army.
Individuals chose to enter either a five-kilometre fun run or a one-kilometre elf walk through Prince’s Island Park, beginning at Eau Claire Market at 200 Barclay Parade S.W.
After the race, participants were treated to refreshments and received a unique Santa Shuffle finishers medal.
The goal for this years’ race is to raise $30,000 for the SallyAnn. Participants were encouraged to ‘focus on $50’ which meant raising $50 through pledges and donations.
Though a $50 donation may not seem like a huge difference, it can provide school supplies for a child or an emergency food kit for a family in need.
On their website, the event organizers state that, “If we all give a little, we can give a lot back to our local community.”
The money collected for The Salvation Army will go directly to helping families and other individuals in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year.