Women’s shelter, Stollery score with Chargers

Bags of toys and pajamas were donated by the High Prairie E.W. Pratt Chargers high school women’s and men’s basketball teams to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton. Toys and funds were donated during the Chargers Care Christmas Drive. Standing, left-right, are Kelsi Smith and Charger player Naomi Strebchuk. Smith is a former Stollery patient and wanted to give back in some way. She is also assisting on the women’s team. Athletic director, women’s coach and project co-ordinator Jenelle Gallivan and players thank Fountain Tire owner Jeff Copeland for transporting the toys to Edmonton.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Women and children in need were supported in the initial Chargers Care Christmas Drive organized by High Prairie E.W. Pratt high school women’s and men’s basketball teams.

Sucker Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter and the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton received generous donations with thanks.

“We donated $500 to the women’s shelter and bought $2,000 worth of toys and pajamas for the Stollery,” says Jenelle Gallivan, women’s coach and Pratt athletic director, who initiated the project.

“Both the women’s shelter and the Stollery were very grateful and appreciative, especially because of the time of year.”

She and the basketball players are excited and grateful for the high volume of donations.

“I was overwhelmed with the support our community showed with their very generous donations,” Gallivan says.

“We thank our community once again for their continued support.”

Pratt started the donation drive for toys and funding at its initial alumni basketball games on Nov. 28 and continued at the eighth annual Tonesha Walker Memorial Basketball Tournament, Nov. 29-30.

During the three days, the drive raised $1,971 and “tons of toys”, Gallivan says.

A classroom challenge in December concluded the charity drive.

The Stollery and women’s shelter were designated recipients because of their valuable services.

“We chose those organizations because they have helped many children and women in our region in some very difficult times,” Gallivan says.

The Christmas charity drive was inspired by the success of the Dig for Dinner food drive for the High Prairie and District Food Bank Society at the first alumni volleyball games Oct. 17.

Charity from the Chargers will become an annual project.

“We are planning to do the same charity drive and alumni games next year for sure,” Gallivan says.

“The high school players and the alumni really enjoyed themselves and are looking forward to next year already.”

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