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Saskatoon kids play Secret Santa for a day

At Target inside the Mall at Lawson Heights, kids wearing Santa hats and reindeer antlers carefully walk up and down the toy aisles, standing on tippy-toes to pull items like lego and craft kits off the shelves.

"We came here to buy gifts for children who are less fortunate in the city," 10-year-old Wyatt Hunt said.

Hunt and his Grade 5 class from Lawson Heights School spent part of Wedneday shopping for gifts for a Secret Santa program in Saskatoon.

Regina charities falling short on Christmas donations

When you hear the bell ring while you're Christmas shopping, the Salvation Army asks you to consider donating your change.

With eight days left until Christmas, the charity is falling behind from where it normally is this time last year in its kettle campaign.

The 2014 goal is to raise $210,000. Only $113,000, or about 54 per cent, has been raised so far. That's down $10,000 from this time in 2013.

Sally Ann Kettle Campaign: a Regina man's Christmas tradition

In the rush of the holiday shopping season, there's one familiar sight no matter where you go - people like Dwayne Pearce dressed in vibrant red with a bell in hand, ringing it for the Salvation Army.

It's the 24th year Pearce has volunteered for the Salvation Army’s Kettle Campaign.

“A lot of people this time of year, they’re looking for the Salvation Army kettles to find them and donate,” he said during a busy afternoon at Regina's Northgate Mall. “It’s just a tradition with a lot of people. It’s just like part of Christmas for them.”

VIDEO: Roughriders announce new president and CEO

Craig Reynolds will take over the reins as the president and CEO of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The club made the announcement Tuesday afternoon that Reynolds will take over the top job from Jim Hopson. He will officially take over the job on Mar. 1, 2015.

"The board was attracted to his keen business acumen, his ability to lead, but most importantly, his understanding of and his own personal passion towards Rider Nation," said Wayne Morsky, the chair of the Riders board in his announcement.

Kids perform Christmas carols in Saskatoon

Dressed like a reindeer with a light brown onesie and fuzzy antlers on a headband, Lexus Bayani is singing her heart out in the front row with her class at TCU Place.

Bayani and other Grade 4 students from Princess Alexandra Community School are one of several classes performing at the 43rd Annual Noon Festival of Carols.

"I was singing a few songs," Bayani said, adding her favourite was "Winter Wonderland."

Volunteers pack Regina Food Bank to wrap gifts for kids

Volunteers wrapped gifts on freezers, palets and even on the floor at Regina's Food Bank, all to make sure less-fortunate children in Regina have something to unwrap this Christmas.
Hundreds of people helped to literally wrap up News Talk 980 CJME’s 45th annual Santas Anonymous Saturday morning.
Val Wiks with the Salvation Army said she was shocked to see people waiting in the parking lot at 8 a.m. - one hour before the doors were set to open. All those hands were put to work wrapping presents for 1,650 kids.

PHOTOS: Christmas surprise of a lifetime blows away Saskatoon mom

A single mom in Saskatoon is blown away after getting the Christmas surprise of a lifetime.

Dina Fedoriuk showed up to her home at lunch time to find a full crew of C95 Christmas Wish volunteers and C95 hosts Rob, Shauna, Sheri and DJ Tanner. 

With tears streaming down her face as she got out of the vehicle, Fedoriuk could barely form any words. Walking first through a fully decorated yard into her home full of presents, she trembled as she took in the sheer number of gifts throughout the house.

Saskatoon enjoys rare December warmth

Whether it was to run errands or just to have some fun, warm weather in Sasktoon had many people taking a rare opportunity to ditch their toques and head outside.

With temperatures peaking around 6 C, the city didn't quite crack the record of 7 C, but, between wrangling her dog and her toddler at the Avalon Dog Park, Kayla Schaan said the last few days have meant plenty of chances to get out.

"It's awesome. We're here at the dog park every day.  Me and the dog and the baby."

Special Santa visit for Swift Current kids with sensitivities

A trip to the mall to visit Santa Claus is a task too big for some children with sensitivities, but some kids in Swift Current are being given a special opportunity to meet with the man in red.

On Tuesday night after the Swift Current Mall closes, the lights will be dimmed and the holiday music shut off as kids with autism or sensitivity issues tell Santa what they want for Christmas.

Sask. Firefighters calendar more than just abs

If you're looking for a hot stocking stuffer this Christmas, Saskatchewan firefighters think their 2015 calendar would be the right fit.
Firefighter Kerry Gardner, or Mr. May, was at London Drugs in Regina on Saturday signing the calendars. The last time he modeled for the calendar was 17 years ago.
"A lot harder the second time, being a little bit older but it was a lot of fun and had a good time doing it."
Even though he's already a fit firefighter, Kerry says he worked out even more so his body would be camera ready.

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