Salvation Army holds annual Santa Shuffle

Annual fundraiser takes place in Abbotsford on Saturday, Dec. 6

The Salvation Army holds its annual Santa Shuffle in Abbotsford on Dec. 6. Shown here are participants in the 2013 event.

The Salvation Army holds its annual Santa Shuffle in Abbotsford on Dec. 6. Shown here are participants in the 2013 event.

The Salvation Army holds its seventh annual Santa Shuffle on Saturday, Dec. 6.

The event takes place at Ellwood Park in Abbotsford at 10 a.m., and offers both a 5km run and a 1km “elf walk.”

Teams of up to 10 are invited to take part in the Corporate Challenge.

The team that raises the most pledges wins a trophy.

There are also prizes for the most pledged funds for male and female individuals, top family, top boy, top girl and best holiday attire.

Every participant receives a Santa Shuffle medal at the finish line, and those who raise more than $50 receive a free T-shirt.

Deb Lowell, public relations director for the local Salvation Army, said the event makes a “profound difference” in the community, as it raises valuable funds for the agency.

“All of our numbers are up (at the Salvation Army). We’re providing more school snacks, more food hampers, more shelter beds, more meals, more nursing services – and the Santa Shuffle is an opportunity for everyone to have some fun while supporting a great cause,” she said.

Anyone wishing to donate prizes or give-aways is asked to contact Deb at 604-832-2218.

Registration can be done online at santashuffle.ca or at the Running Room (#103 – 2070 Sumas Way in the Abbotsford Village Shopping Centre).