The Okotoks Charity Check Stop is returning for its 16th year.

During the annual event, members from the Okotoks RCMP, Okotoks Fire Department, municipal enforcement, EMS, and Victim Services collect donations for the Rowan House Society and the Okotoks Food Bank.

Last year's event brought in $8,290 and 1,627 pounds of food.

As usual, they'll be set up on Milligan Drive near the Okotoks Recreation Centre on December 14 from 2-5 p.m.

Sgt. Devon Bartek with Okotoks Municipal Enforcement says there are two ways to donate.

"We're encouraging people to come out and bring a cash donation or non-perishable food donation and drop it off to the emergency services personnel that'll be standing out in front of the rec centre. We'll be giving out candy canes as well."

He says there's no pressure if you happen to roll through the event without a donation.

"It's not mandatory, if you go through the check stop and you don't have anything on you we'll still give you a candy cane."

As well as being a chance to support local non-profits, Bartek says it's also a good chance to meet local first responders in a less stressful manner than

"It's an opportunity to come meet local emergency services, connect, and have a positive interaction with your local emergency responders."

More information on the event can be found on the Town of Okotoks' website.

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