The Rimbey Sleigh and Wagon Club is cancelling their annual Cutter Parade.
Normally the parade is held at the beginning of February, but COVID-19 concerns have put a damper on plans.
Instead, the club is working with Rimbey FCSS to hold a food and toy drive.
On Dec. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. club members, volunteers and FCSS employees will be on hand to take food, toy and monetary donations.
Doug Rogers, a member of the Sleigh and Wagon Club, says the club members wanted to do their part to give back to their community during a difficult year.
“We are doing this instead of the parade. Normally we have a sleigh out during the parade to accept donations, but this is our first time doing a food and toy drive like this,” Rogers said.
Rogers says the organization will have a sleigh set up in the parking lot of the Rimbey Co-op where donations will be stored.
Those looking to donate can give non-perishable food items, that have not expired, new unwrapped toys or cash.
“The food bank is always needing donations, and with COVID-19 they are particularly needy,” Rogers said of the choice to do a food and toy drive.
He continued to say the Sleigh and Wagon Club normally holds a silent auction during the Cutter Parade. Without the parade and silent auction, this drive is the next best option for the club to give back.
“With COVID-19 it has just been a terrible year for business. And our local organizations have had to cancel events… We just want to do our part to give back to our community during this time,” said Rogers.
Members from the Rimbey Sleigh and Wagon Club will be on hand Dec. 19 to take your donation to benefit local organizations, like Rimbey FCSS.