By Nikki Jamieson
Sunny South News
This year at Midnight Madness in Picture Butte, help fill an ambulance for charity.
The Picture Butte Firefighter’s Association will be hosting a Stuff-a-Bus campaign on Friday, Dec. 1, from 6-9 p.m.
“It was just kind of something I brought up to the group, and everyone thought it was a good idea,” said Justin Chronik, firefighter association member.
“We’ve done hayrides for umpteenth years now, and figured we could do a little something beyond that. (It’s) a good campaign for the holiday season.”
“Traditionally, we do hayrides and we attend the burning barrels at the gathering place at the family park here in Picture Butte,” said Frank West, director of operations for the town.
“We thought since we are standing around there, watching the barrels and interacting with the public anyway, we might as well see if we can drum up some donations.”
The event will be a first for Midnight Madness. The association hopes to be able to fill an ambulance with new toys and winter clothing, or in good condition.
“I think we’re looking probably 12 and under,” said West.
“It’s always nice to have extra toys coming in before the Christmas season.”
But don’t worry — the ambulance used will be the local department’s mechanical backup, so they will still be able to answer calls.
Should the campaign prove successful this year, it may become an annual tradition for the firefighters.
“I can see it becoming yearly, or every couple of years, something we try to do if we have success with it,” said Chronik. “Try to make it bigger and better every year if it proves successful.”
If you would like to make a donation early, you can drop off donations at the Picture Butte fire hall.