Grade 5 students at Herons Crossing School in Airdrie raised $3,209 for the Ronald McDonald House and shopped for items for the charity Dec. 13 at Walmart.
The class of 25 began fundraising in September and surpassed its goal of $3,000, according to Kendra Jewer, teacher of the class.
“These guys are fantastic,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of community support, which has been really lovely as well.”
She said the students wanted to raise money for a charity and one of them suggested the Ronald McDonald House. They raised money by making wooden painted signs and glitter Christmas balls to sell at the school’s annual Christmas Fair Nov. 15. The class also rallied other students at the school to bring in donations.
The Ronald McDonald House offers a home away from home for families with sick children receiving medical treatment in Calgary and Red Deer. The charity offers affordable accommodations to help ease financial burdens on families coping with a sick child.
The financial strain that comes with having a sick child can make Christmas unfeasible for families, so each year the Ronald McDonald House encourages people to donate to its Santa Sack Programs.
Jewer said her students were split into groups at Walmart and given a budget to shop for items listed on the Ronald McDonald House website for the Santa Sack Programs, including gifts for babies, girls, boys and parents staying at a Ronald McDonald House.
The students were wearing green shirts that read Operation Joy, which Jewer said were made and donated by a local company. They were rewarded with a meal at McDonalds following their successful morning of shopping.
“It was mostly fun. It was fun, hard, and it felt good to be getting some stuff for the kids and parents who have to stay away from their home in the Ronald McDonald House,” said nine-year-old Tyler Devine.
“We’re just enjoying doing good things,” added 10-year-old Cruz Chase.
Reece Saumier and Neve Garry, both 10 years old, said they were proud to be helping those in need at Christmas time.
“It felt like I was doing something more than just sitting around all day and watching TV. I was actually helping other people,” Saumier said.
“It felt like you were happy and giving to people,” Garry added.
For more information, visit rmhcsca.org