Rudolph's Roundup returns


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December 2, 2014 9:04 AM

December is here and Rudolph’s Roundup is well underway. Lloydminster Comprehensive High School have once again teamed up with the Lloydminster Interval Home to collect gifts and needed items for women and children who have stayed at the home this past year.

According to their website, The Lloydminster Interval Home provides temporary shelter free of charge for women, or women and their children, who are experiencing domestic violence, housing crisis and family crisis situations.

“It’s not just for the families that are here during the time of collecting, we actually contact families that were here throughout the whole year,” said Charlene Rowein, assistant executive director at the Interval Home. “So we’ll be in touch with families that have received services and we’ll just ask if they are interested in receiving a hamper.”

Rudolph’s Roundup started out around 17 years ago when a former teacher for the LCHS media studies group was looking for somebody to help in the community for a charity project. He approached the Lloydminster Interval Home and asked if they could do a collection for the families that used the facility’s services.

The Interval Home accepted the offer and Rudolph’s Roundup was born. Now, well over a decade later, students still go to different businesses and gather donations, set up bins for collection, and help give families in need a proper Christmas.

“The support from the community is amazing and the students work really hard at collecting all of those donations and then making sure we can hand those out,” said Rowein.

Rowein said some preferred items include toys for kids, ranging from babies to young teens, as well as toiletries and diapers. People interested in helping out can drop off their donations at the Servus Sports Centre, LCHS, First Lutheran Church and the Civic Centre.

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