A deer cause

By Geoff Lee

December 3, 2015 2:54 PM

Lloyd Comp Leadership 30 students Ayla Chipman, left, and Brianna Roberts, are collecting gifts for the Rudolph's Roundup for clients of Interval Home.

You could say Alya Chipman has the shiniest nose as the lead student organizer of this year’s Rudolph Roundup that takes place at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School.
Chipman is a member of the school’s Leadership 30 class that’s collecting gifts for women and children sheltered at Lloydminster Interval Home during the holiday season and throughout the year.
“Over the year we have to take on a certain project in the school,” said Chipman.
“Because the Interval Home is something I like supporting, I decided to lead Rudolph Roundup this year.”
This is the 18th annual Rudolph Roundup and time for a change to collecting gifts for family types that use Interval Home, such as those needed by a single mom with two young kids.
“In the past we’re always done a point system and the school gets to be competitive that way,” said teacher Betty Hart.
However, some students didn’t have any personal connection.
“So when we say this is your family it’s more personal and empathetic.”
The students get to plan what they want to bring for types of families served by Interval Home.
The items donated by students, members of the community and businesses range from toiletries to toys and even kitchen utensils.
“When people go to Interval Home they go there with what they have on their backs. When they move out they need everything,” said Hart.
“So as a school we provide anything you might need for Christmas or anything you might need at home.”
This year’s goal is to provide for 200 families, up from 175 a year ago, with more families in need during the current economic downturn.
“It’s nice to give back to the community especially to the Interval Home which does a lot for the community and women and children,” said Chipman
The gifts will be delivered soon to Interval Home unwrapped for staff to decide what to give specific types of families.
Rudolph’s Roundup also puts a smile on the face of student Brianna Roberts who said, “I really enjoy helping people. It’s something I like doing. “
She noted some of the non Christmasy items end up for sale at the store that helps to fund programs at Interval Home.

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