Giving creativity for Christmas: Sask. organization launches fundraiser

People in Saskatchewan have the chance to support kids performing in the arts — all while crossing some people off their Christmas-shopping list.

Creative Kids has opened its Christmas catalogue

The goal of Creative Kids is to make sure all children in Saskatchewan have the opportunity to experience the arts. (Ioana Draghici/CBC)

People in Saskatchewan have the chance to support kids performing in the arts — all while crossing some people off their Christmas-shopping list.

Creative Kids has opened its Christmas catalogue that allows people to make a donation to the program as a gift to someone.

The gifts range from dance to culture, to music and theatre.

"Those activates shouldn't be just limited to those who have the resources to participate in them," David Millar, chair of the organization, said.

The gifts for donations to Creative Kids range from dance to culture, to music and theatre. (Briget Yard/CBC)

Millar explained that the goal of Creative Kids is to make sure all children in Saskatchewan have the opportunity to experience the arts.

The idea started roughly a decade ago when Millar was coaching hockey.

"And in managing a hockey team, I found it was difficult for some kids we had on our hockey team to afford to play hockey. And it was also difficult for them to fundraise."

Millar could turn to KidSport, which provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids 18 and younger.

However, Millar realized that there was nothing in place to help kids with financial barriers who want to be involved in the arts.

"We were able to suggest to the [Regina] Mayor's Arts and Business Awards that a worthy thing to do with any profit left over from that luncheon would be to start an organization for kids in the arts."

Since starting in 2010, Millar said Creative Kids has helped more than 5,600 kids in 176 Saskatchewan communities.

While there are fundraising efforts to support the program including a dance-athon in Moose Jaw and a 'Saskatoon Idol' competition, Millar said the Christmas catalogue provides an easy way for people to make a donation.

Millar pointed out that SaskTel is matching donations made on Nov. 29. The Crown corporation has pledged to provide up to $5,000 in matching contributions.

With files from CBC Radio's Saskatchewan Weekend