Santa Claus Fund trees van­dal­ized

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Po­lice are seek­ing the pub­lic’s as­sis­tance in lo­cat­ing a Scrooge who van­dal­ized four of the 10 do­nated Christ­mas trees on dis­play at the Medicine Hat Lodge for the Santa Claus Fund.

Ac­cord­ing to the Medicine Hat Po­lice Ser­vice, an un­known male en­tered the ho­tel lobby from the casino around 2:55 a.m. Thurs­day, knock­ing over the four trees, two of which were dam­aged be­yond re­pair.

Deanna Do­erk­sen of the SCF says the trees were on dis­play to pro­mote the up­com­ing Spirit of Giv­ing Gala at the Lodge.

The trees are do­nated by lo­cal com­pa­nies to auc­tion off at the gala.

Do­erk­sen said it’s par­tic­u­larly up­set­ting that some­one would van­dal­ize ob­jects that go to­ward a Christ­mas­based char­ity for chil­dren.

“It’s just dev­as­tat­ing, be­cause th­ese trees are do­nated in sup­port of an or­ga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides Christ­mas to hun­dreds of lo­cal chil­dren,” she said, adding that last year the SCF served 425 fam­i­lies, which in­cluded 900 chil­dren.

“We will be able to have our cor­po­rate groups back in this evening to re­dec­o­rate (the dam­aged trees) and put them back to­gether. “The gala will go on as planned.” Those with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion are asked to con­tact the MHPS at 403-5298481.

NEWS PHOTO JEREMY AP­PEL

Above: A num­ber of Christ­mas trees that were go­ing to be auc­tioned off dur­ing the Santa Claus Fund's sec­ond an­nual Spirit of Giv­ing Gala were knocked over at the Medicine Hat Lodge in the early hours of Thurs­day.

PHOTO VIA MHPS FACE­BOOK

Left: The Medicine Hat Po­lice Ser­vice is ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help to iden­tify this man, a sus­pect in the van­dal­ized trees.

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