Students at Kanaka Creek elementary are handing out little bags of Christmas cheer this holiday season.
After Halloween, every student at the Maple Ridge school donated a portion of their Halloween candy.
“If you can imagine this container filled with just chocolate,” Kanaka teacher Paul Moran said in reference to 363-litre blue bin inside his Grade 6/7 classroom.
Then, he added, there is the rest of the candy, such as lollipops, jellybeans and gummy bears.
Moran doesn’t know exactly how much candy was donated, but enough to fill 700 bags.
His wife Debby, who teaches Grade 3 at the school, came up with the idea five years ago.
The project is headed by the students in Debby and Paul Moran’s classes.
Kanaka Creek principal Gwyneth Dixon-Warren supplies the funds for the little white bags and Paul Moran goes to Burnaby to pick them up.
Every student at the school gets to decorate one before they are packed with treats.
The Christmas bags will be donated to five local seniors facilities and the Maple Ridge Treatment Centre. A couple more hundred will go to the Friends in Need Food Bank for their Christmas hampers.
“It is a credit to the families of our school that they give from their own trick or treats to help out others during the Christmas season,” said Moran.
“The bins of candy literally get too heavy for our children to carry,” he said.