The Sooke Santa Run will head out into the community with Christmas lights and holiday music on Dec. 12, but organizers are asking for donations online for 2020. (Contributed)

The Sooke Santa Run will head out into the community with Christmas lights and holiday music on Dec. 12, but organizers are asking for donations online for 2020. (Contributed)

Sooke to move forward with Santa Run, decked out with lights and music

Event to take place on Dec. 12 around dusk, online donations accepted

Just because the Sooke Santa Parade is cancelled doesn’t mean the holiday spirit is gone.

The Sooke Santa Run will again make its way through the district in December.

On Dec. 12, around dusk, four fire trucks decorated with Christmas lights and playing holiday music will swing by several neighbourhoods to spread holiday cheer.

In place of collecting non-perishable items as in previous years, organizers ask the public to donate the money they would’ve spent on soup, crackers or pasta noodles into online donations.

The campaign is led by local firefighters who volunteer their time for both the Santa Run and the Fill-A-Truck campaign, which began on Nov. 18.

READ MORE: Sooke Santa parade cancelled due to COVID-19

The Santa Run is subject to cancellation if the provincial public health orders change in the coming weeks.

The Fill-A-Truck campaign aims to raise $15,000 to support 400 local families in partnership with the Sooke Christmas Bureau, the District of Sooke, Western Foods and Village Foods. Organizers say if everyone living in Sooke donated one dollar, they would nearly reach their goal.

“The pandemic has greatly impacted people financially and emotionally,” said Mayor Maja Tait. “As a community, we need to support one another, and between this campaign and the Santa Run, I hope we can do so.”

Additionally, the Sooke Christmas Bureau asks families and individuals who need an extra hand during the holiday season to apply for a Christmas hamper by Dec. 1. Over its 27 years in the community, the campaign has supported more than 6,000 families. Those in need can call the Sooke Food Bank at 250-642-7666.

Those who are interested in donating can go online at ca.gofundme.com/f/sooke-fire-fighters-for-the-sooke-christmas-bureau.

ALSO READ: Christmas will be different even if Santa is ‘probably’ immune to COVID, says B.C. top doctor


 

Do you have a story tip? Email: vnc.editorial@blackpress.ca.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and like us on Facebook.

ChristmasSooke

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Chris Grzywacz, Seed and Stone’s development agent, holds products from the Songhees Cannabis S + S store on April 20. (Jake Romphf/ News Staff)
First cannabis store opens on Songhees Nation, creates economic opportunity says chief

The Songhees Cannabis S + S had a soft launch at its 1502 Admirals Road location on April 20

Steven Manchur, who lives near the proposed site of supportive housing in Central Saanich on Prosser Road, said the province has misinformed the public about the site. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Central Saanich residents protest supportive housing project

BC Housing rejects claim that project will lead to more crime

RCMP have appealed to the public for help identifying the man. (Black Press Media file image)
Police, dog unit called after man who exposed himself at West Shore elementary school

West Shore RCMP credits students, aged 11 and 5, for seeking help

A convicted sex offender, whose crimes included offences against children, was arrested at Gonzales Beach after the man was spotted by an off-duty officer. (Black Press Media file photo)
Convicted sex offender arrested at Gonzales Beach

After committing crimes involving children, offender barred from public beaches, being in proximity to kids

FILE – NDP Leader John Horgan, right, and local candidate Mike Farnworth greet one another with an elbow bump during a campaign stop in Coquitlam, B.C., on Friday, September 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. won’t be using random individual road stops to enforce travel rules: Safety Minister

Minister Mike Farnworth says travel checks only being considered at major highway junctions, ferry ports

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Hospitals are seeing record numbers of COVID-19 patients more than a year into the pandemic. (The Canadian Press)
B.C.’s COVID-19 infection rate declines, 849 cases Tuesday

Up to 456 people now in hospital, 148 in intensive care

Christy Clark, who was premier from 2011 to 2017, is the first of several present and past politicians to appear this month before the Cullen Commission, which is investigating the causes and impact of B.C.’s money-laundering problem over the past decade. (Darryl Dyck/Canadian Press)
Christy Clark says she first learned of money-laundering spike in 2015

The former B.C. premier testified Tuesday she was concerned the problem was ‘apparently at an all-time high’

The city asking the public if they want to pursue legal action against the province and their decision to override the city on the Victory Church issue. (Jesse Day Western News)
Penticton to sue province over homeless shelter

City council voted unanimously to go forward with legal action

Police executed a search warrant at the Devils Army Clubhouse on Petersen road in Campbell River on August 10, 2017.
Murder trial into 2016 Campbell River killing underway in Victoria

Ricky Alexander is charged with the first-degree murder of John Dillon Brown

..
Abbotsford nurse at ‘breaking point’ pleads with public to take COVID-19 seriously

Instagram post urges general population to stay home, wear a mask and get vaccinated

Most Read