Drumheller has been so generous with helping hands lately that it's time we help out a family in need.
At the age of 31, Tyler Boon passed peacefully after his 23 year battle with illness. He leaves behind his wife, Shannel Boon, and their three children, Jayce, Serenity and Athena.
Last month the community of Delia rallied together to help aid the Boon family with their financial burdens and this new fundraiser is to help keep that burden off Shannel's shoulders.
"To make sure that bills are caught up and to make Christmas as good as it can (be) for the kids, this is what the raffle is all about. From my understanding, a gentleman from Delia donated the animal and there's two draws for half an animal. That's 400 plus pounds of meat and you get two shots at it," stated spokesman Eric Dahl.
Tickets are each set at $20 and you get two chances to win a side of beef valued at $1,500.
"We can't take away that pain the family is going through, but we can sure try to take this worry away from Shannel of where the money is going to come from for bills," explained Dahl. "I've seen the generosity of this town. I've been part of it, I've experienced it myself and I've been on both sides. It's tough times for a lot of people right now. I know if we all pitch in together, we can do something about it."
Tickets can be purchased through Angela Martin, Neighbour's Pub or through the others Dahl mentions.
"Through myself, through Germaine Robinson who is Shannel's grandmother. She is also a regular at the Farmer's Market (and) she's been selling the tickets there as well," outlined Dahl. "They can either get ahold of Shannel to get ahold of her grandmother or get ahold of me. If it's within town and inconvenient to come and see me, I will boot my butt over to come and see you. If you can't afford a raffle ticket, get a few friends and pitch in $5. If you win, you each get 100 or so pounds of meat."
"It's coming down to crunch time, the draw's on December 3. There's still quite a few tickets to be sold. If we sell a lot of tickets, this will make things just so much easier and give them peace of mind this Christmas," expressed Dahl.