18 Wheels of Christmas is busy busy busy we were back for the 4th year to Okotoks and the celebration they put on every year to mark the Christmas Season. Holiday Light Up kicked the season off on November 16th. This community really knows how to do it right. The main street is closed to everything except foot traffic. For the whole length of the main street there are fire pits on every street corner. Food vendors, hayrides and cartoon characters up and down the street. The big guy in red is always there greeting all the wee ones and handing out candy canes. Right in the middle of all the celebration is 18 Wheels of Christmas, the stereo blaring carols and our volunteers chatting with the families, petting dogs and most of all collecting cash and food donations for the Okotoks Food Bank. Karen Wilke of the Food Bank had some food bank volunteers on hand this year to help and boy did we need it. The donations started almost as soon as we finished setting up and continued this way until the fire works ended a fabulous evening. 18 Wheels was able to turn over to Karen Wilke and the Okotoks Food Bank $2766.50 in cash donations plus $600.00 in prepackaged food hampers as well as at least the same amount in dollar value of donated food from the fine folks of Okotoks.
A huge thank you to Karen Wilkes for the advertising and your volunteers, Mark Doherty of Okotoks Public Works for the awesome parking spot last but not least Janet and Kent for their unwavering support and enthusiasm.
November 24th you will find 18 Wheels of Christmas at the Douglas Glen Square in front of the Sobey’s then December 1 we will be at Lake Bonavista Promenade. These 2 venues have supported 18 Wheels for TEN years and we look forward to the invite from Vyetta and Bev every time. December 7th we will be a Fluor for their annual Food for Jeans Day.