Now that the Christmas season is over, and all the Christmas trees have been picked up from the Badlands Community Facility, Erica Crocker and Darren Goldthorpe could take the $1,600 raised from the Trail of Trees silent auction down to Canadian Tire for their Jumpstart program.

Marcello Garofalo is the owner of the Drumheller Canadian Tire.

"The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program is aimed at helping kids in the community get involved in sports and extra-curricular activities."

Unlike some other national fundraising campaigns, all of the money raised by the local Jumpstart program stays in the Drumheller area.

"This money will stay directly in the community, it does not go anywhere else," explained Garofalo. "It's here just to help the residents of Drumheller and especially the kids in Drumheller to get them active and get them participating."

Some Drumheller families worry about enrolling their children in programs because of the on-going financial commitment. Teresa Garofalo pointed out that Jumpstart isn't just for registration fees.

"It's not only for registration fees, we assist with equipment if that's what you need. It could be camp. As long as it's something your child is involved in for a period of five days or more, that's where the support comes in from Jumpstart."

Erica Crocker thanked the community for their support in during the 2017 Trail of Trees.

“We are super grateful for how involved the community was on our silent auction. We were able to raise $1665.00 to go toward Drumheller’s Chapter of Jumpstart, a program to assist recreational funding for Drumheller’s Youth. Thank you to each person that participated in the many bidding wars, it was exciting to be a part of! It was truly heartwarming to witness such generosity. Being that it was our pilot year for a silent auction, it was a wonderful surprise to raise the amount we did ”

Although Jumpstart is a Canadian Tire initiative, the Drumheller program isn't administered by store. Anyone interested in applying for funds from the Jumpstart program should contact Amber Channell at 403 823-3485.

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