Operation Red Nose in the Fort has been overwhelmed with calls for rides this year.
 
The huge volume of requests for a safe ride home is a good thing.
 
"We've had excellent response from folks around town, we've had to put on four teams each night as opposed to three that we normally run so I'd say it's going well," said Stew Hennig, coordinator of Operation Red Nose.
 
Wait times have occassionally hit 40 minutes this Christmas season.
 
"We're not really bad, we have somewhere around 45 volunteers signed up," said Hennig. "That's a little less than normal, a little less than we would like to have, but we can make due with it."
 
Operation Red Nose collects donations from those who use the service. 100 per cent of the donations go back into a variety of youth programs and services in Fort Saskatchewan.
 
"We've had a super response, we've had people this year give us $100 donations for a 20 block ride because they knew what the project was all about."
 
In just six nights of operation, the volunteers have given 51 rides to well over 100 people. The amount raised isn't available yet as Hennig typically waits until later in the program to begin counting how much they've raised. So far though, they're averaging roughly $40 per ride.
 
The number for a ride is 780-999-7567 and the service will be running on December 22, 23, 29, 30 and 31 from 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m.

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